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,ย A Bend in the River, by Robin Catalano.

Inspiration:ย Thursday Doors.

16 thoughts on “A River Runs Through It

  1. Norm 2.0

    Looks like noticing that first one led you to some interesting discoveries. Old industrial buildings often make great photo subjects. Nicely done ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. notetotraveler

      Thank you, Norm. Yes – the green door hooked me and pulled me in. I was back in CT last week and returned to the mill to explore the buildings used by artists on the other side of the river. First time I visited the mill, I didn’t realize the factory buildings were located on both sides of the river. It’s a place I wouldn’t mind visiting again to take more photos.

    1. notetotraveler

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found the abandoned mill interesting. It would make a great spot for shops and restaurants along the river. I hope one day someone invests in revitalizing the place.

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