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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tilton in Belknap County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)

The Tilton Mills

Tilton Riverfront Park

The Tilton Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 18, 2016
1. The Tilton Mills Marker
Inscription.  Situated on the Winnipesaukee River, the town of Tilton was a prime location for a variety of mills in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The products produced in Tilton during the height of the mill manufacuring period included children's hosiery, cotton yarn, ladies shoes, wollen goods, leather goods, machinery belts, and the world famous "Tilton Tweeds". The power of the Winnipesaukee River and the village's proximity to the railroad allowed manufacturing to flourish here.

The Tilton Riverfront Park was once the site of a very prosperous mill, known by many as the Pilsbury Mill. Originally built in 1868, and called the Winnisquam Mill, it was used to manufacture cotton. Later owners used it to manufacture ladies shoes, wollen goods, an finally, leather items. Its most redent incarnation was as the Tilton Leather Mill. Prior to its demolition, it was called "the best surviving nineteenth century wollen factory in the state."

In designing the Tilton Riverfront Park, the park committee worked diligently to capture and incorporate the history of the site into the park's design. The park's design links the past
The Tilton Mills Marker in Riverfront Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 18, 2016
2. The Tilton Mills Marker in Riverfront Park
Marker is pictured to the right of the flagpole.
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to the present in several ways. Visitors will find sitting walls down near the river that follow the outline of the mill's original foundation, as well as the original mill building. The most notable connection betweenthe past and th epresent is the bell that now hangs above the pavilion. This is the bell that originally hung in the mill and tolled daily. It has been refurbished and repainted by local artisans so that it can hang as a reminder of the town's history.
Erected by Public Service of New Hampshire.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 43° 26.568′ N, 71° 35.671′ W. Marker is in Tilton, New Hampshire, in Belknap County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 3) and Winter Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is in Riverfront Park with two others. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tilton NH 03276, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Winnipesaukee River (a few steps from this marker); The Town of Tilton (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers' Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northfield WWI Memorial (about 500 feet away); Tilton WWI Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away);
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In Grateful Tribute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Northfield Veteran's Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Live Free or Die (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tilton.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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Sep. 27, 2022