Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site

Activities

Park Information

Stepping on to the grounds of Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site is like stepping into 19th century pastorale. Many of the buildings that Waltus Watkins spent half a century building – including an elegant home and a three-story woolen mill – have been preserved to give visitors a sense of life in the 1870s. The mill is the only 19th century textile mill in the United States with its original machinery still intact. The site's visitor center offers an introduction to the Watkins family and their many business ventures.

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Historic Site Grounds:

  • April through October
    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday (Closed Easter Sunday)
  • November
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
  • Dec. 1, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021
    Historic site grounds will be closed Monday through Thursday

Tours:

Tours of the woolen mill and Watkins house are offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays at this time. Tour times are: Thursday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday holiday tours are offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Park Office hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April through October
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Winter Hours (off-season)

  • November through March
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Visitor Center hours

Visitor Center and Museum

April through October
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

November
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Dec. 1, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
The visitor center may be closed during these hours due to weather.

Swimming Beach hours

Beach closed for the season