No. 4 Goodall Plush Mill, Sanford, ca. 1915

Contributed by United Society of Shakers


As fabric production moved out of the home and into the mill, the Shakers took advantage of this labor-saving convenience. The Alfred Shakers frequently purchased material from the No. 4 Goodall Plush Mill in nearby Sanford. The plush was made into rugs, as well as carriage robes which auto passengers used to keep warm.

The Goodall family, owners of the mill, were very friendly with the Alfred Shakers. In fact, the Goodalls were considered Outer Order Believers (Shakers). Although they were not covenanted members of the community, the Goodalls did follow the Shaker lifestyle to a great extent, even regularly confessing their sins to the Elders and Eldresses.

The postcard view of the mill shown here was produced by Fred Charles Philpot (1856-1925), a professional photographer from Limerick. From 1886 until 1905 he owned a studio in Springvale and later opened a second studio in Sanford. The Alfred Shakers often had individual portraits taken at the Philpot Studios.

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About This Item

  • Title: No. 4 Goodall Plush Mill, Sanford, ca. 1915
  • Creator: Philpot, Fred Charles
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Town: Sanford
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Slide from a post card
  • Local Code: ITE 41
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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United Society of Shakers
707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
(207) 926-4597

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