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“Not what you expect...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Belknap Mill

Belknap Mill
The Mill Plaza, Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 524-8813
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Laconia
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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Owner description: This mill, no longer active, is one of the oldest of its kind in America, built in 1823.
Laconia, New Hampshire
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“Not what you expect...”
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 mill building in America and a treasure. The structure itself is striking and the exhibits are great, but you'll get more out of learning and seeing how different mill life was in those days - the autocratic boss, the meager wages of workers, the children who worked at jobs like "turning" the knitted socks inside out, and the dangerous work of climbing inside the massive machinery to fix problems (they were the only ones small enough to do it).
The mill also holds regular shows, exhibits, etc. A wonderful place to spend a few hours - and you're right next to the Winnipesaukee River that once housed the mill.

Visited June 2014
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“Belkmap Mill”
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.

Visited June 2014
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“Fourth Grade Field Trip”
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 part of our history. We will be going back next year with our new fourth graders! Thank you, Belknap Mill for bringing history alive for our children.

Visited June 2014
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“HISTORICAL SITE”
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.

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful place for a quick stop...or longer.”
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 all in the dark. We managed to get the lights on. I did not have a lot of time, so focused on the room with all the different sock machines. They are fascinating. Apparently they run them occasionally. That would be neat to watch. The big wheels out side were also very interesting. I figured it was a fifteen minute or less museum but I could have lingered an hour. Who knew? I did buy some Vermont socks which while expensive are very good. We will see if they are as tough as they claim. I passed on the " made in the museum" socks as looking uncomfortable but they would be nice to hang on the mantle at Christmas.
The grounds are really beautiful. Worth the stop even if the museum is closed.

Visited June 2013
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