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The Red Mill’s long, sordid history reflects the changes in early industrial New Jersey from 1810 to 1928. Ralph Hunt originally built this as a woolen mill, but thanks to oversaturation and competitive pricing, never turned a profit. Within 10 years, he lost his family’s 400-acre property. Next, from 1828 to 1834, the Taylor family continued wool production but also ground feed and flour. Diversifying didn’t help, and they sold the mill at a loss. This continued throughout a series of unlucky owners until Philip Gulick in 1873, who made peach baskets on the first floor and ground grist on the second and third. He later set up The Clinton Illuminating and Water Company within the mill, using it to provide power for street lamps.
The museum within the mill showcases its fascinating business and industry history. Visitors can also visit the outbuildings and the Mulligan quarry.
Of Special Note:
• After Gulick’s death, a new owner decided to mill graphite – giving it the nickname “The Black Mill”
• After a public outcry over the graphite’s black dust, he quickly switched to grinding talc – giving it the nickname “The White Mill”