Mills of the Blackstone Valley

Not surprisingly, the Blackstone Valley is full of old mills. Some are very old, some relatively recent. Some of the oldest are the best preserved and a few have been fully renovated and put back to use as housing or shopping areas.

The Crown and Eagle mills pre-renovated.
Renovated into elderly and affordable housing, the old Crown and Eagle mill in Uxbridge is beautiful today.
Renovated into elderly and affordable housing, the old Crown and Eagle mill in Uxbridge is beautiful today.
Thousands of water lilies bloom on the small canal that runs to the renovated Crown and Eagle mill.
Thousands of water lilies bloom on the small canal that runs to the renovated Crown and Eagle mill.
On the Mumford. Converted to a liquor store.
Mill on the Mumford. Converted to a liquor store.

Huge brick mill-factory on a large pond. Northbridge. Rain is falling.
Canal between the falls and the small mill, and the former Bernat Mills that burned down five years ago. Uxbridge.

Many mills have been converted to condominiums or mini malls. Some have become office space.

English: The Brick Mill, built 1826, Whitinsvi...
The Brick Mill, built 1826, Whitinsville, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many have burned down or been torn down because they presented a fire hazard. Fortunately, many others have been renovated, turned into malls, senior housing, mini-malls and other kinds of commercial  real estate.

The last standing parts of Bernat Mills.

The last standing parts of Bernat Mills.
Old Mill No. 4
Old Mill No. 4
1911 - Mill No. 4
1911 – Mill No. 4
Mill buildings converted to antiques complex.
Mill complex converted to antiques complex.

Manchaug Revisited

Manchaug is about a mile away … and one of my favorite places to shoot. From its quaint little post office, to the pond, the dam and lively creek that flows downstream, it’s beautiful.

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Ducks and geese nest along the shores and there’s a day care center right by the falls for parents who don’t worry excessively about their small children wandering off.

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The falls are splendid. The falls have been dammed and the flow of water is controlled to prevent flooding.

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In times of drought, the flow is contained to keep the pond full. They have boat races on the pond.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Color – Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.