Mission Mill Museum
Thomas Kay Woolen Mill
Thomas Kay Woolen Mill from the rear, showing the dye house
|Architect||Walter D. Pugh|
|Governing body||Mission Mill Museum Association|
|NRHP Reference #||73001579|
|Added to NRHP||May 8, 1973|
Willamette Heritage Center is a historic museum located in Salem, Oregon, United States. It features working displays of a woolen mill—the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill—and several historic Salem buildings that have been relocated to the mill site.
The original Kay Woolen Mill was opened in 1890, by Thomas L. Kay, whose family eventually founded Pendleton Woolen Mills. The workforce of 50 labored 60-hour weeks. In 1895, a fire destroyed much of the mill and outbuildings. Kay died in 1900 and his son Thomas B. Kay took over as president and served until his own death in 1931.
By 1898 the mill had been rebuilt. Two additional stories were added in 1941.
Structures on the National Register of Historic Places
- Jason Lee House (1841) - a home of Jason Lee which, with the Parsonage, are the earliest known frame buildings in Salem, and perhaps the oldest remaining in the state
- Methodist Mission Parsonage (1841)
- John D. Boon House (1847)
- Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church (1858)
- Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (1889)
- Thomas Kay. Salem Online History. Salem Public Library. Retrieved on July 24, 2009.
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