Red Mill Museum Village

56 Main St * Clinton, NJ 08809 Check website for hours/days of operation which change seasonally

The iconic Red Mill is set next to the South Branch of the Raritan River and surrounded by the 1848 Mulligan Quarry which was operational until 1963.  Set on ten acres, most of the quarry structures remain with a few historical additions to complete the village.  It is now a museum that is part of the Red Mill Museum Village, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Red Mill’s long, sordid history reflects the changes in early industrial New Jersey from 1810 to 1928. Ralph Hunt originally built it 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 streetlamps.

The museum within the mill showcases its fascinating business and industry history. Visitors can also visit the outbuildings and the Mulligan quarry.

For a look behind the scenes, see our video.

Of Special Note:

  • The mill is one of NJ’s most photographed sites.
    • 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”

Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
973-631-5151 [email protected]