Charlton Mill

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Charlton Mill
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Charlton Mill is located in Massachusetts
Charlton Mill
Location Fall River, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°40′43″N 71°10′38″W / 41.67861°N 71.17722°W / 41.67861; -71.17722Coordinates: 41°40′43″N 71°10′38″W / 41.67861°N 71.17722°W / 41.67861; -71.17722
Built 1911
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
MPS Fall River MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP February 16, 1983

Charlton Mill is a historic textile mill at located 109 Howe Street in Fall River, Massachusetts. It was built in 1911, with Earl P. Charlton as president. Charlton was a successful businessman who had established a chain of 53 five and dime stores, and in 1912 became a co-founder of the F.W. Woolworth Company.

The Charlton Mill was the last granite mill constructed in the city. The three story mill measures 374 feet long by 154 feet wide. It was powered by a 1,500 horsepower reciprocating steam engine and an 850 horsepower low steam turbine. The company also built a large one story weave shed to the north of the main mill (since demolished). Early plans included a second spinning mill to be located to the west of Mill No. 1, that was never built.

The Charlton Mill provides a marked contrast to earlier mills built in Fall River by its extreme width and large windows.[2] By 1917, it contained 55,992 spindles and 1,300 looms, for the manufacture of fine and fancy cotton goods.[3] The company was sold in 1938.[4]

The mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ HABS Record
  3. ^ (1917) Textile World Journal, Clarence Hutton, Bragdon, Lord & Nagle, New York.
  4. ^ (1941) The Philips History of Fall River, Fasciles I, II, III, Arthur Sherman Philips, Dover Press, Fall River.