Old Schwamb Mill

Old Schwamb Mill The Old Schwamb Mill is the oldest continuously operating mill site in the United States. There has been a mill operating at this site since c.1650.
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In Arlington, Massachusetts, a woodworker today is making exquisite hand-turned oval frames on 19th century lathes in a wooden mill building dating from the time of the Civil War. The historic Old Schwamb Mill site itself survives as a continuously operating site where, for more than three hundred years, immigrant Puritan, Yankee, and German entrepreneurs harnessed the free water power of a narrow, fast moving brook to run machines and develop a series of family-owned businesses. The Mill's story is as compelling as the beauty of the frames produced here for more than a century.

Mission: Since 1969, the Old Schwamb Mill has been held in trust for the people of the United States and operated by the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust, a non-profit charitable educational organization which maintains the Mill, Dryhouse and Barn principally for preservation and "living history" museum purposes. Visitors to the Mill are cordially welcomed.

The Opening Reception for the new exhibit at the Mill, "She Did It: Women Saving History," was a great success! Visitors...
01/25/2020

The Opening Reception for the new exhibit at the Mill, "She Did It: Women Saving History," was a great success! Visitors learned how Patricia C. Fitzmaurice worked tirelessly to save the Old Schwamb Mill, saw wood turner David W. Graf operate the Mill's lathes, and took tours of the Mill. Thank you to all who joined us for this special event. The exhibition will be on display through June, so please come to see it if you weren't able to make it today. We look forward to seeing you!

Listen this weekend to WBZ AM 1030 radio's New England Weekend segment! Broadcaster Jordan Rich interviewed Edward Gordo...
01/23/2020

Listen this weekend to WBZ AM 1030 radio's New England Weekend segment! Broadcaster Jordan Rich interviewed Edward Gordon, the Mill's Director of Museum Programs, about the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust and the opening of our new exhibit, She Did It: Women Saving History, honoring the Mill's founder, Patricia Fitzmaurice.

Reception held for exhibit:""A Sense of Place and History: Inside Three Arlington Icons"As many as 100 people attended a...
01/07/2020

Reception held for exhibit:
""A Sense of Place and History: Inside Three Arlington Icons"

As many as 100 people attended a reception for Arlington photographers Joan Robbio, Paulette Schwartz and Betty Stone as they kicked a reception for "A Sense of Place and History: Inside Three Arlington Icons" at Town Hall on Sunday, January 5, in the second-floor gallery.

Their photographs of Robbins Library, Old Schwamb Mill and Arlington Town Hall reflect the photographers’ exploration of the theme of sense of place.

They are on display through January 30.

All of us at the Old Schwamb Mill wish you a safe and happy New Year's Eve and peace and joy for 2020!
12/31/2019

All of us at the Old Schwamb Mill wish you a safe and happy New Year's Eve and peace and joy for 2020!

12/21/2019

The Old Schwamb Mill wishes you peace and happiness this holiday season.

This afternoon, the "Music at the Mill" program debuted with a wonderful jazz performance by the Epic Trio, featuring Ni...
12/07/2019

This afternoon, the "Music at the Mill" program debuted with a wonderful jazz performance by the Epic Trio, featuring Niko Malinowski on guitar, Tino D'Agostino on bass and Julian Carpenter on drums. Stay tuned for more music in 2020!

12/06/2019

Join us at the Old Schwamb Mill tomorrow, December 7 at 2 pm for a jazz concert featuring the Epic Trio of Arlington: Niko Malinowski on guitar, Tino D'Agostino on bass and Julian Carpenter on drums. Each player is epic in his own right! Free, with $5.00 suggested donation.

12/03/2019

The Mill is closing at 2:30 pm today (Tuesday, December 3) due to the snowstorm. Please join us this Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm for Music at the Mill featuring the Epic Trio.

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organization...
12/02/2019
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Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019. Please consider making a donation to the Mill's Annual Appeal to help us maintain our unique working museum with your contribution. Visit www.oldschwambmill.org to donate online. Thank you!

Music at the MillSaturday, December 7, 2 pmThe Old Schwamb Mill is pleased to present the first in its new music program...
11/24/2019

Music at the Mill
Saturday, December 7, 2 pm
The Old Schwamb Mill is pleased to present the first in its new music program “Music at the Mill” featuring local musicians who play a variety of musical genres. On Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm, jazz stylings will be performed by the Epic Trio with Niko Malinowski on guitar, Tino D'Agostino on bass and Julian Carpenter on drums. All three musicians have ties to Arlington High School as former students and as its current jazz band director.
Drummer and guitarist Niko Malinowski played in his first ensemble at age 12. He has led his own gigs with his trio at Chianti in Beverly and sat in with many professional musicians. Among his other accomplishments, he won a Judge's Choice Award as a soloist at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, played at the Salem Jazz Festival with the North Shore Jazz All-Stars Project and has performed at the Arlington Jazz Festival, Somerville Foodie Crawl and other New England area events.
Born in Italy, Tino D'Agostino studied Solfege, History of Music and Tonal Harmony at the Salerno Conservatory. In 1987, he obtained a bachelor Degree in Classical Trumpet, Summa Cum Laude (Salerno Conservatory). From 1986 to 1995 he performed in the Vicenza Symphonic Orchestra, Verdi Philharmonic, Willy Frank Jazz Orchestra and RAI (Public Italian Television) as well as for nationally known artists such as Cattaneo, Cionfoli and Andrea Bocelli. Tino is the Director of the Arlington High School Jazz Band, and Orchestra and Symphonic Band in Arlington, and was named 'teacher of the year' by the Arlington Education Foundation in 2013.
Julian Carpenter got his start in the school band in 7th grade then went on to play in different ensembles in Massachusetts and abroad, including the North Shore All Stars which perform at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. At Arlington High School, Julian was a member of the Honors Band, Orchestra, Jazz band and Pit Band (for the musical and frequently plays with the Madrigal Singers and Honors Orchestra. He is also the director of the schools A cappella group. His sophomore year he composed, arranged, directed and conducted for the high school jazz band, then went on to write for the Band, Honors Orchestra, and Choir. He is currently enrolled at Berklee College of Music.
Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.
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Saturday, November 23, 11 am -5:30 pmOLD SCHWAMB MILL’S ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW Offered at the beginning of the holiday shoppi...
11/20/2019

Saturday, November 23, 11 am -5:30 pm
OLD SCHWAMB MILL’S ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW

Offered at the beginning of the holiday shopping season, this show will feature local artisans who create woodenware, jewelry, pottery, photographs, oil paintings, textiles and much more. Get your gift shopping done on one day!
Featured crafters include:

Anne Black: Mixed Media
Andrea Brown: Pottery
Robin Courchesne-Sato: Jewelry
Teresa Deible: Pottery
Jen Flores: Textiles
Teri Hayes: Fleece Wear
Bev Hinckley: Textileations
Kelly Hopkins: Jewelry
Old Schwamb Mill: Picture frames
Helen F. Ray: Handmade Soaps & Potpourris
Sayaka Rawizza: Pottery
Ginny Remedi: Jewelry
Janice Schupak: Cards and Coasters
Janet C. Smith: Photography
Jan Stetson: Hand-dyed scarves
Nobuko Yoshihara: Japanese apparel

For more information: telephone 781-643-0554 or www.oldschwambmill.org.

Images by Anne Black, Janice Schupak, and Janet C. Smith

Please Join Us on Saturday, November 16, 11 am-5 pmANNUAL FALL OPEN HOUSEThe Old Schwamb Mill’s Fall Open House will fea...
11/12/2019

Please Join Us on Saturday, November 16, 11 am-5 pm
ANNUAL FALL OPEN HOUSE

The Old Schwamb Mill’s Fall Open House will feature continuous tours of the Mill (11 am-1:45 pm), live music by Foggy Mountain Consort (2-3:30 pm) and the closing reception for the Vernon Street, Somerville Artists’ Exhibit (3:30-5 pm). Foggy Mountain Consort draws from the vast repertoire of “collected” ballads from the British Isles by Francis James Child in the late 19th century, these and other tunes, sometime familiar, always haunting and heartfelt, offer a deep hunting ground for these musicians. The Foggy Mountain Consort also plays old style bluegrass in its own eclectic way. Free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.

Saturday, November 16, 11 am-5 pmANNUAL FALL OPEN HOUSEThe Old Schwamb Mill’s Fall Open House will feature continuous to...
11/05/2019

Saturday, November 16, 11 am-5 pm
ANNUAL FALL OPEN HOUSE

The Old Schwamb Mill’s Fall Open House will feature continuous tours of the Mill (11 am-1:45 pm), live music by Foggy Mountain Consort (2-3:30 pm) and the closing reception for the Vernon Street, Somerville Artists’ Exhibit (3:30-5 pm). Foggy Mountain Consort draws from the vast repertoire of “collected” ballads from the British Isles by Francis James Child in the late 19th century, these and other tunes, sometime familiar, always haunting and heartfelt, offer a deep hunting ground for these musicians. The Foggy Mountain Consort also plays old style bluegrass in its own eclectic way. Free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.

Remeber that The Old Schwamb Mill is participating inTrick or Treat Arlington!Children ages 10 and under are invited to ...
10/30/2019

Remeber that The Old Schwamb Mill is participating in
Trick or Treat Arlington!

Children ages 10 and under are invited to show off their Halloween costumes and trick or treat at participating Arlington businesses from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 31st. The Old Schwamb Mill will be outside of Wanamaker Hardware, 1298 Massachusetts Avenue. Come say BOO!

Join us at the Old Schwamb Mill this Saturday, November 2 at 2 pm to hear speaker April Ranck, Director of Community+Str...
10/29/2019

Join us at the Old Schwamb Mill this Saturday, November 2 at 2 pm to hear speaker April Ranck, Director of Community+Strategic Partnership at the Society of Arts & Crafts, trace the Society's trajectory from its Back Bay location to its spectacular new home in Boston's Seaport District. Incorporated in 1897, the Society of Arts and Crafts has been at the forefront of the American craft movement for more than 120 years. April is proud to work at the Society considering her love of the arts in all its forms. In 2010, she co-founded the Arlington International Film Festival with her husband and continues to serve as the Executive Director. A reception will follow the talk and video presentation. Free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.

Have you started your holiday shopping? Remember that you can support the Old Schwamb Mill at Amazon Smile!
10/28/2019

Have you started your holiday shopping? Remember that you can support the Old Schwamb Mill at Amazon Smile!

Saturday, October 26, 2-3 pmARCHAEOLOGY MONTH PROGRAM BY THE OLD SCHWAMB MILL & THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF THE VICTORIAN...
10/22/2019

Saturday, October 26, 2-3 pm
ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH PROGRAM BY THE OLD SCHWAMB MILL & THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF THE VICTORIAN SOCIETY.
Talk: “The Private Side of Victorian Mourning Practices in 19th Century New England: The Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, Memorial Cache” with speaker Nadia Waski, archaeologist and staff member of the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Ms. Waski will discuss a cache of 19th century personal adornment artifacts, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and other organic materials that were excavated from Cole’s Hill in downtown Plymouth during the 2016 field season of “Project 400: The Plymouth Colony Archaeological Field School.” Potentially, this collection provides an alternative view of mourning and memorialization practices in Victorian-era New England.

Begun in 1992 as Archaeology Week, Massachusetts Archaeology Month is a month-long celebration of archaeology in Massachusetts and around the world. Museums, libraries, archaeologists, and many more people and institutions join Secretary of State Galvin and the Commonwealth’s Archaeologist in hosting exhibits, lectures, walks, and events for adults, children, and teachers. Reception to follow. Admission: Suggested Donation: $5.00.

The Old Schwamb Mill is participating inTrick or Treat Arlington!Children ages 10 and under are invited to show off thei...
10/17/2019

The Old Schwamb Mill is participating in
Trick or Treat Arlington!

Children ages 10 and under are invited to show off their Halloween costumes and trick or treat at participating Arlington businesses from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 31st. The Old Schwamb Mill will be outside of Wanamaker Hardware, 1298 Massachusetts Avenue. Come say BOO!

Do you want to see how our oval frames are made? Our wood turner David W. Graf can show you! He is available on Tuesdays...
10/15/2019

Do you want to see how our oval frames are made? Our wood turner David W. Graf can show you! He is available on Tuesdays by appointment only. Great for both groups and individuals! Call the Mill on Tuesdays or Saturdays at 781-648-0554 to make an appointment. Suggested donation $5.00 per person.

The Mill's Barn is For Rent18 Mill Lane Arlington, MA 02476The Barn at the historic Old Schwamb Mill is for lease! Super...
10/11/2019

The Mill's Barn is For Rent
18 Mill Lane Arlington, MA 02476

The Barn at the historic Old Schwamb Mill is for lease! Super location, steps to Mass Ave and Lowell St, and just off the Minuteman Bike Path. This stand alone barn has two floors of charming, rustic open space. All wood floors and walls, and second floor has exposed ceiling looking up into the attic. There are many windows that welcome the natural light. Both floors have separate gas-fired forced hot air heating units. Shared restroom available in main building across the driveway at #17 Mill Lane. Parking area is in front of building. Potential of 200+ sq.ft. unheated storage space available in adjacent building for additional $200.00 per month. Tenant responsible for gas and electricity. Landlord will maintain the beautiful landscaping, install a new picnic table and provide snow plowing of walkways and parking area. Great, unique space ideal for office or many other uses. Available now!
Courtesy: Rick Connors - BOWES REAL ESTATE REAL LIVING Telephone: 781.648.3500

Contact information for Shaker Workshops is:
Tappan Chairs
6 Skinner Street
Sandwich NH 03727
603-726-6550
ada[email protected]

Upcoming Event on Saturday, October 19, 9-11 am  FALL WALK: ON & OFF MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE IN EAST ARLINGTON. With tour l...
10/09/2019

Upcoming Event on Saturday, October 19, 9-11 am
FALL WALK: ON & OFF MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE IN EAST ARLINGTON.
With tour leaders Edward Gordon, Director of Museum Programs at the Mill and Rachael Stark, founder of Walking In Arlington. Admission: $15.00. Checks should be made out to Walking in Arlington and sent via postal mail by October 17 to Walking in Arlington, 65 Randolph Street, Arlington, MA 02474. Please include e-mail address and telephone number for information on meeting location.

10/06/2019
Oktoberfest 2019

Scenes from the Old Schwamb Mill's third annual Oktoberfest, October 5, 2019.

The Old Schwamb Mill's Third Annual Oktoberfest is almost here! Join us for this festive, family friendly event this Sat...
10/01/2019

The Old Schwamb Mill's Third Annual Oktoberfest is almost here! Join us for this festive, family friendly event this Saturday, October 5 from noon to 4 pm for food, fun, friends, and more! Featuring German food, a beer garden, games, and a new silent art auction in the Barn. Admission $5/person or $15/family. We hope to see you there.

10/01/2019

Join us at the Old Schwamb Mill Tonight!
Tuesday, October 1
6:30 - 8:30 pm
AN EVENING OF MUSIC AT THE MILL
Enjoy performance of traditional fiddle music by
Alan Kaufman & Friends. Alan Kaufman is a fine old time fiddler, guitarist, mandolin player and singer. He is incredibly knowledgeable about a variety of traditional American folk music genres of the 20th century, and a well-known yodeler. A fiddle teacher in the Boston area, Alan has an excellent tune repertoire, and leads many jam sessions with Alan Kaufman & Friends. Rain or Shine.

The Old Schwamb Mill staff and volunteers enjoyed  Arlington's Town Day festivities!
09/15/2019

The Old Schwamb Mill staff and volunteers enjoyed Arlington's Town Day festivities!

Be sure to visit the Old Schwamb Mill's booth on Town Day, this Saturday, September 14! We look forward to seeing you.
09/12/2019

Be sure to visit the Old Schwamb Mill's booth on Town Day, this Saturday, September 14! We look forward to seeing you.

Shaker Workshops Showroom in the Mill's Barn Has ClosedAfter nearly 50 years of operation, the Shaker Workshops has chan...
09/10/2019

Shaker Workshops Showroom in the Mill's Barn Has Closed

After nearly 50 years of operation, the Shaker Workshops has changed hands and the showroom is no longer located in the Old Schwamb Mill's Barn. The new contact information for Shaker Workshops is:
Tappan Chairs
6 Skinner Street
Sandwich MA 03727
603-726-6550
[email protected]

Inquiries about leasing the Barn space are being handled by
BOWES Real Estate Real Living
Tobey Nemser, Manager
BOWES Real Estate Real Living
1010 Mass Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
781-645-0564 office
[email protected]

Join us at the Old Schwamb Mill Tonight!Tuesday, September 106:30 - 8:30 pmAN EVENING OF MUSIC AT THE MILLEnjoy performa...
09/10/2019

Join us at the Old Schwamb Mill Tonight!
Tuesday, September 10
6:30 - 8:30 pm
AN EVENING OF MUSIC AT THE MILL
Enjoy performance of traditional fiddle music by
Alan Kaufman & Friends. Alan Kaufman is a fine old time fiddler, guitarist, mandolin player and singer. He is incredibly knowledgeable about a variety of traditional American folk music genres of the 20th century, and a well-known yodeler. A fiddle teacher in the Boston area, Alan has an excellent tune repertoire, and leads many jam sessions with Alan Kaufman & Friends. Rain or Shine.

08/12/2019

Join us tonight, Monday, August 12, as Alan Kaufman & Friends play a fiddle and string jam session at the Old Schwamb Mill.

This coming Monday, August 12, join Alan Kaufman & Friends for a fiddle and string jam session at the Old Schwamb Mill a...
08/07/2019

This coming Monday, August 12, join Alan Kaufman & Friends for a fiddle and string jam session at the Old Schwamb Mill at 6:30 pm.

Restoration of the historic windows at the Old Schwamb Mill is half-way complete. Thanks to Tibet Construction for the o...
08/06/2019

Restoration of the historic windows at the Old Schwamb Mill is half-way complete. Thanks to Tibet Construction for the outstanding work and to the Arlington Community Preservation Act for funding this important project!

Join us on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mill and meet the 4 Vernon Street Artists -- Resa Blatm...
07/22/2019

Join us on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mill and meet the 4 Vernon Street Artists -- Resa Blatman, Steven Cabral, Suzanne Lubeck & Alison Pruchansky -- whose work is on exhibition and enjoy live old time music of Alan Kaufman and Friends. The Mill's art gallery will be open for this reception, while Alan Kaufman will lead visitors with voices and acoustic stringed instruments (think guitar, fiddle, mandolin & banjo) in a song circle. Free, with $5 suggested donation.

Kimberly Green of Kittery Point, Maine, enjoying Mill Pond Park on the day of its dedication to Patricia C. Fitzmaurice.
07/05/2019

Kimberly Green of Kittery Point, Maine, enjoying Mill Pond Park on the day of its dedication to Patricia C. Fitzmaurice.

On a beautiful Sunday, June 23, the Old Schwamb Mill hosted the dedication ceremony naming Mill Pond Park in celebration...
06/24/2019

On a beautiful Sunday, June 23, the Old Schwamb Mill hosted the dedication ceremony naming Mill Pond Park in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust in memory of Patricia C. Fitzmaurice, the visionary preservationist who saved the Old Schwamb Mill.

Welcoming remarks were made by Edward W. Gordon, Director of Museum Programs at the Mill, followed by addresses from Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager of Arlington, Massachusetts; Clarissa Rowe, Advisory Council, Old Schwamb Mill and past member of the Arlington Select Board, Community Preservation Committee; Richard Duffy, Advisory Council, Old Schwamb Mill and past member of the Arlington Historical Commission; and Dermot Whittaker, President, Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust.

In addition, invited guests were treated to tours of the Mill and jazz, blues and swing music by the Seasmoke Trio of Kittery, Maine.

The Old Schwamb Mill was busy yesterday, Saturday, June 15! The standing room only crowd enjoyed a lecture by Edward W. ...
06/16/2019

The Old Schwamb Mill was busy yesterday, Saturday, June 15! The standing room only crowd enjoyed a lecture by Edward W. Gordon on "Bricks, Roll Tops & Art Glass: Evolution of Somerville History 1820-1960," the Opening Reception for the new gallery exhibition "4 Vernon Street Artists," and music by Gypsy Reel, Vermont’s premier Celtic band. Images: Historian and Old Schwamb Mill Director of Programs Edward W. Gordon; Vernon Street artists (l to r) Resa Blatman, Suzanne Lubeck, Steven Cabral, and Alison Pruchansky; and Gypsy Reel performers Claudine Langille and Silas Hamilton.

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17 Mill Ln
Arlington, MA
02476

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Introduction - http://www.oldschwambmill.org/home.html#intro The Frames - http://www.oldschwambmill.org/theframes/theframes.html Take a Tour - http://www.oldschwambmill.org/tour/tour.html Research and History - http://www.oldschwambmill.org/research/research.html Preservation - http://www.oldschwambmill.org/preservation/preservation.html Friends of Schwamb Mill - http://www.oldschwambmill.org/friends/friends.html Visit the Mill - http://www.oldschwambmill.org/visit/visit.html Upcoming events & Newsletter - http://www.oldschwambmill.org/Bluestone.html Visitors interested in industrial history , woodworking, mechanics -- or simply the ambiance of an ancient, working manufactory in its original historic setting -- are cordially welcomed to the Mill. The three Mill buildings (Mill, Dryhouse, and Barn), including the woodworking shop floor in the Mill, are open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Individuals and groups are welcome. Please call ahead at 781-643-0554 to make appointments for tours by large groups.

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Today’s events are still happening! Jazz music is happening now until 2:30 PM, followed by a gallery talk at 3 PM by Stan Edelson, who’s art show opens today. We are open until 7 PM tonight.