Cheney Brothers Historic District

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Cheney Brothers Historic District
Cheney Brothers Mills, South Manchester, about 1920
Cheney Brothers Historic District is located in Connecticut
Cheney Brothers Historic District
Location Manchester, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°45′52.2″N 72°31′31.8″W / 41.764500°N 72.525500°W / 41.764500; -72.525500Coordinates: 41°45′52.2″N 72°31′31.8″W / 41.764500°N 72.525500°W / 41.764500; -72.525500
Area 175 acres (0.71 km2)
Built 1838
Architect Cheney Bros. Manufacturing Co.
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 78002885
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 2, 1978[1]
Designated NHLD June 2, 1978[2]

Cheney Brothers Historic District was a center of the silk industry in the late 19th and early 20th century. The 175-acre (0.71 km2) district in Manchester, Connecticut includes over 275 mill buildings, workers houses, churches, schools and Cheney family mansions. These structures represent the well-preserved company town of the Cheney Brothers silk manufacturing company, the first America-based silk company, stated by George and Charles Cheney, after their many visits to the east to discover how to properly raise and process silkworms.[2][3] The area was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.[2][4][5]

The mills also had a cultural impact on Manchester. The city seal focuses on silk and a local baseball team was named the Silkworms.[6]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Cheney Brothers Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  3. ^ Cheney Brother Historic Landmark District, Manchester Historical Society
  4. ^ ["Cheney Brothers Historic District", June 1977, by George R. Adams PDF (1.33 MB) "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination"]. National Park Service. 1977-06. 
  5. ^ [Cheney Brothers Historic District--Accompanying 12 photos, undated. PDF (2.74 MB) "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination"]. National Park Service. 1977-06. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Manchester Silkworms. 2005-07-11. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 

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