A River Runs Through It

A rusted, apple-green door amid a cluster of abandoned buildings caught my eye while driving through the village of Housatonic, Massachusetts. I couldn’t resist pulling the car over to take a closer look.

Curious about the place, I walked along the railroad tracks surveying the lifeless property that once housed Monument Mills. The Housatonic River was visible on the far side of the buildings. While not a scary place, I felt a bit uneasy amid the ghosts of the Mill’s past and hoped there weren’t any present-day rough characters lurking in the area.

Across the tracks from the mill, I noticed a weathered-to-perfection railroad storage building made beautiful by mottled earth tones, faded and peeling cream paint, and rusted roof supports.

On the other side of the river, the mill now houses a few artists and small businesses where I found a few doors in need of attention.

Monument Mills operated as a textile mill between 1850 and 1955 in the Housatonic village of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Some 500 people, many of them Polish immigrants once staffed the mill. If you’d like to learn more about the mill, check out this wonderful article, A Bend in the River, by Robin Catalano.

Inspiration: Thursday Doors.