"Merit goes not unrewarded." This notice to the employees of G. B. Burnett & Son (c. 1895) was likely posted on the walls of the hat mill to remind employees of the code of conduct. The reminder to "Be energetic, be faithful, be honest, be saving, be diligent," hung over the employees as they bleached, split, and dyed palm leaves to turn into braid that was then woven into hats and hoods sold across New England. At the time, Massachussetts was the "only state in the Union" to where palm leaf hats were constructed. In 1865, this mill, at that point still belonging to its founding family the Hills, went through 120 pounds of palm leaf from Cuba (valued at $20,000 dollars) and produced 50,000 dozen hats and 30,000 dozen hoods, all with the work of 55 employees. That's a lot of hats per employee!