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Belknap Mill

The Mill Plaza, Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 524-8813
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Ranked #6 of 20 attractions in Laconia
Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: This mill, no longer active, is one of the oldest of its kind in America, built in 1823.
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Lake City, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was an interesting museum. It was small but had neat old machinery and it even had samples you could buy.

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you're hoping to find a full day of museum fun at the Belknap Mill, you'll probably be disappointed. But what you'll enjoy is an amazing glimpse into America's past. The historic mill ("New Hampshire's Meeting House") was built to copy a nearby Massachusetts mill that is generally credited with 'starting' the Industrial Revolution... this is now the oldest unaltered... More

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Aztec, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Very interesting. No guided tour. Walked around on our own. Equipment room had charts and pictures with good explanations. Some recorded information available. Nice gift shop. Volunteers friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you are a fourth grade teacher in NH, this is the place to go for an excellent educational experience for your students. The Mill offers a well-organized and hands-on opportunity for the children. The program is manned by the most wonderful, patient and informative group of people. Every one of them had so much to share about this important... More

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is not only a historical site but also sometimes features local artists. Learn about the origin of the mill and what it produced - even get to knit your own socks on some of the original machines. Very conveniently located in the centre of town with free parking nearby.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I did not have much time in my schedule, so was pleased to find the Mill was a convenient stop in Laconia. There are actually several historic mill buildings in a cluster on the river with a parking lot adjacent. I went in and was surprised to find the volunteer attendant sitting busily at her desk with the museum exhibits... More

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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The Belknap Mill is a very unique setting for an event. It has a wonderful history, and displays it with ease. If you can afford it, an event here is a worthy option in the Lakes Region.

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Located in the heart of downtown Laconia, the Belknap mill was once the employment centre of the town. Today the mill is a museum that demonstrates what the mill was in the past and even allows visitors to knit their own pair of socks on the original machinery! The nearby Winne-pesaukee River which powered the mill provides scenic views of... More

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Gilford, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The Saturday Holiday Bazaar just before Christmas is a great way to support local crafters and complete your holiday shopping list. Vendors offer a variety of reasonably priced gift items. Visit to see the historic knitting machines, seasonal displays of local artists and the gift shop offerings.

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

A focal point for history in the Lake Region. We had a private tour from a knowledgeable gentleman. He showed us the knitting and looping machines, described the architecture of the mills, and the generator area. Small, but great for history buffs.

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