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Belknap Mill, Gilford

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill is the only building left that represents the first stage of the Industrial Revolution in America. It is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States. The Belknap Mill was one of the first mills to convert from weaving to knitting during the Civil War.

One of the first listed buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, the Belknap Mill shows how preservation and history can combine in a community based museum and cultural arts center.

In addition to the hours listed above, we are also open for special events, programs and meetings. Please call ahead if planning a visit on weekends or evenings: (603) 524 8813

The Mill is universally accessible.
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  • Quiet area with nice paths near the water, families and couples walking, picture taking. Some nearby free parking  more »
  • , Larry C. (Library) (; Belknap Mill in Laconia is very interesting as a side trip. The buildings are well maintained but the museum and power house occupy a small amount of...  more »
  • It was a rainy day when we had visited, but that did not stop us from taking some pictures and enjoy the beautiful scenery! Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill is the only one of its kind left today! The mill was in operation until 1969, and at that time it was producing socks. In 1970 the mill was given the name of the Belknap Mill Society. Become a member, and support the mill. But also, they are a museum, a wedding vendor, and of course a BEAUTIFUL place to visit in Laconia, NH. We look forward to visiting again in the very near future with better weather!
  • Was there for a wedding. The staff was excellent. Very friendly and helpful, while going out of their way to make out event go smoothly. The event room was set up perfectly. Just an all around great venue.

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