The Village of Valley Falls in Rensselaer County recently announced that it had been awarded a $200,000 brownfield grant from the EPA to study contamination at the old Thompson Mill on the Hoosick River prior to pursuing a plan to create a park at the 23-acre site. Scottish immigrant James Thompson started the mill in 1860. Initially the mill produced three products: buckram (a stiff cotton used in hat making), netting and twine. Later it specialized in netting products (including mosquito netting and ping-pong nets) and twine. James Thompson & Co., Inc. closed the mill in 1992, but the NYC-based company continues in business with the motto “Dyers & Finishers Since 1860 – Our Second Century of Service.”
VALLEY FALLS - This northwestern Rensselaer County village of 466 residents has a vision of transforming a derelict 159-year-old former Thompson Mill site into a park along the Hoosic River, whose waters helped drive the 19th century mills in this area. The village has a $200,000 Brownfield Assessme...