Last week, during our vacation to the East Coast, we were lucky enough to visit two great mills of the area. Harrisville Designs was our first stop…then we hopped in the truck and headed for Maine to see the Jagger Brothers Mill. (One of the things I love about New England is that you can drive through four different states within a few hours!)

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Our view of Number One Pond

We pulled into Sanford, ME mid-afternoon and had a nice picnic next to Number One Pond. We called up Scott, our contact, to get directions. He pointed us in the right direction and said, “You cant miss it!”. Sure enough, coming through what seemed like a residential area, there it was… a huge four-story brick building, with a unassuming sign stating “Jagger Brother. Inc.” right above the loading dock.

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The huge building containing the Jagger Brothers Mill

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The sign at the loading dock

We buzzed our way in and waited in the reception area for a few, while Scott made his way through the expansive building to greet us. Looking around, I fell in love with this print (below) on the wall. (What ever happened to those days?)

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The image hanging in the Waiting Room. The inscription read, “Engraving of Boston, May Sheep-Fair”, with the date 1935.

Scott met us shortly and escorted us through the entire mill. It was incredible! Each floor he took us to had another set of huge machines running side by side, with people tending to each one. Cone, upon cone, upon cone of beautiful yarns were being spun right before our very eyes! Scott had my full attention the entire time and Joe, with a rambunctious Elsada (our one year old daughter) to keep an eye on, tried to snap some quick photos as we moved from one machine to the next. The photos aren’t the best, but thanks to Joe, at least there are some! Enjoy!

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One of the first machines we saw.

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Roving being run onto one of the machines.

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A closeup of one of the bins of roving.

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Another huge machine used in the spinning process.

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Bins full of spools of freshly spun yarn.

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Scott showing me how one of the machines works.

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One of my favorite shots! You can see how clean and beautiful this mill is. Beautiful, shiny wood floors and huge pieces of squeaky clean machinery.

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There had to be fiber somewhere! Joe took this great shot of the ceiling. At first glance, it looks like it is covered in insulation. Upon further inspection, you can see that the ceiling in covered in years (maybe months?) of wool fibers, released during the spinning process.

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Another set of the many bins of cones of yarn.

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One more of the huge spinning machines.

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I love this picture too. All the employees were so nice and seemed to love what they do. With all of them, this huge operation was able to run perfectly smoothly. Just amazing!

Ciao,
Teresa Loveless and The Weaving Southwest Crew

PS Do you use Jagger Spun Yarns? Have you visited this mill or one like it? We would love to hear from you! Please feel free to leave a comment in the section provided… Thank you!

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2 comments on “A Huge Mill in Maine: Jagger Brothers, Inc.

  • I really liked the old print that you posted from the waiting room. I would have to say that the date if the sheep event in Boston was most likely 1835 instead of 1935. I am an interpretor at Old Sturbridge Village (a living history museum how depicts the time period of the late 1830s). Sheep were a very intregal aspect to New England’s economy. Interestingly, the cost of wool per pound then is equal to what is paid today per pound. That does not figure in inflation! Wool was highly valued then as it was the main means of surviving cold New England winters. Thanks for sharing all the great photos.

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