Woolen Mill, Somesville, ca. 1850

Contributed by Mount Desert Island Historical Society

Description

One of several mills built along Somes Brook, the woolen mill was the most profitable. The woolen mill was operated throughout the nineteenth century by Abraham Somes, Jr., and then his son Isaac Somes.

At the mill raw sheep's wool was carded, meaning it was turned into straightened fibers ready for spinning. The carded wool was then fulled, meaning that excess oils were removed and the threads stretched into a more compact form. Then the refined wool was woven into cloth and trimmed, and dyed.

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About This Item

  • Title: Woolen Mill, Somesville, ca. 1850
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Local Name: Somesville
  • Town: Mount Desert
  • County: Hancock
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 8 cm x 14 cm
  • Local Code: MDIHSjpg97470636
  • Object Type: Image

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Mount Desert Island Historical Society
PO Box 653, 353 Sound Drive, Mount Desert, ME 04660
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