The Wilkinson Mill

The Wilkinson Mill (HM284M)

Location: Pawtucket, RI 02860 Providence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 52.653', W 71° 22.957'

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David Wilkinson (1771-1852), a blacksmith from Smithfield, Rhode Island, moved to Pawtucket in the early 1780s. Wilkinson invented new machines, including a steamboat, which he demonstrated in Pawtucket in 1792 (15 years before Robert Fulton's steamboat), a screw-cutting lathe in 1794 that became an industry standard, and by 1815, some of the first power looms.
Wilkinson built this rubblestone mill with his father between 1810-11. The building housed a machine shop, a spinning mill, and a blacksmith shop. David Wilkinson worked with Samuel Slater and also produced equipment for dozens of other new factories. Today Wilkinson Mill houses a water-powered machine shop, a gallery, and administrative offices.
[Illustration captions, clockwise from top left, read]
· David Wilkinson (1771-1852)
· After 1810, stone mills replaced or joined wooden mills in the growing industrial landscape. In this 1880s photograph taken from the opposite riverbank, Wilkinson Mill and Slater Mill are surrounded by shops and factories
· Patent drawing (above) with top, side, and front views of Wilkinson's screw-cutting lathe—perhaps his most important invention. The lathe cut screw threads evenly onto black stock by following a reference guide. This revolutionary process created precision parts and helped standardize machine

building and repair, opening the door to a new level of technology.
HM NumberHM284M
Placed ByBlackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and Old Slater Mill Association
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Date Added Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 302293 N 4638925
Decimal Degrees41.87755000, -71.38261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 52.653', W 71° 22.957'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 52' 39.18" N, 71° 22' 57.42" W
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Area Code(s)401
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Slater Street, Pawtucket RI 02860, US
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