Spring Lake, Rhode Island
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Spring Lake is a village in the town of Coventry, Rhode Island.
The Johnson Family were early owners of the land in the area and in 1818 sold the property to Ezra Ramsdell to build a warp thread mill along the Spring Lake River (Mishnock River). Mill housing was constructed along the highway from Washington Village to the Maple Root Meeting House. After the mill burned in 1830 Christopher A. Whitman acquired the land and constructed a mill known as Whitmans’ Yard, which produced shirting material and in 1852, he leased the complex to Pardon Olney and it operated for another thirty years.In 1865 the Peckham family bought the mill and ran it until it burned around 1907. Today the area where the mill village once stood is where the Coventry Plaza, Wood Estates, and the McDonalds on Tiogue Avenue are now located where the mills once stood.
- Andrew D. Boisvert, "Coventry Roots: Spring Lake", Coventry Patch, June 24, 2011 http://coventry.patch.com/articles/coventry-roots-spring-lake
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