Jun

9Sun

Plein Air ~ Ashton Mill in Cumberland

Teresa Negrucci @teresadomenicanegrucci

51 Front St - Cumberland, RI
51 Front St

Sun, Jun 9, 2019 at 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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The Ashton Mill and brick workers' houses were built in 1867 by the Lonsdale Company, according to the Rhode Island Historical & Preservation Heritage Commission. The Lonsdale Company, which was owned by Brown and Ives of Providence, has been operating mills in the Lincoln as early as 1831 and moved into the "new" village of Lonsdale in 1869. The Lonsdale 1860. The Lonsdale Company built the Ann and Hope Mill in 1886, and it also built "comfortable brick cottages with modern conveniences" in Lonsdale, according to the commission report on Cumberland. Cotton fabrics were produced at the Lonsdale Company mills in Cumberland, in the villages of Lonsdale (which was in Lincoln and Cumberland), Valley Falls, Berkeley and Ashton. The Lonsdale Company folded in the 1930s during the Great Depression. (Providence Journal, by Christine Dunn, Jan. 4, 2014) What a special treat to have access to a beautiful landmark. All can meet at the pedestrian bridge which leads to the other side of the river where there is an open field, with picnic tables. Adjacent to the main building is a patio area with tables/chairs and inside restrooms in the common area with Teresa can provide access to with her key as needed. There is about 10 miles of bike path/walking path, as part of the Blackstone River State Park. Bring a picnic lunch and your artist tools/cameras for those photographers of the group. The address is Front Street, Cumberland but for the GPS its best to punch in "Store Hill Road". There is free parking in the lot opposite the railroad tracks; the parking adjacent to the building is restricted to residents only, and they do tow, so be sure to park in the opposite lot. Teresa Negrucci will be your host for this event. If you have any questions you can message me and I will be forward the message to her. Enjoy the day! Please post photos!