Indigenous People’s Day
Our Shared Past: The Life and World of The Saunkskwa of TheMassachusett.

Saturday, October 15, 2 pm 

The Old Schwamb Mill presents Indigenous People’s Day: Our Shared Past: The Life and World of The Saunkskwa of The Massachusett. Speakers: Doreen Stevens, Schwamb Mill Board Member and Heather Leavell, Director and Curator, Cyrus Dallin Museum of Art. The Massachusett were a Native American tribe from the region in and around present-day Greater Boston. The name comes from the Massachusett language term for “At the Great Hill,” referring to the Blue Hills overlooking Boston Harbor. Speakers will discuss the history of Massachusett and Arlington’s connection to the Indigenous People, particularly sculptor Cyrus Dallin’s work, which was inspired by classical forms, figures in Euro-American history, Indigenous peoples, and his family and friends.  

Thank you for attending Oktoberfest at the Old Schwamb Mill!

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, we are happy to announce that our annual Oktoberfest, a family-friendly event featuring authentic German refreshments (pretzels, bratwurst and beer), live music and hands-on activities for kids of all ages, attracted an audience of approximately 700 people! We are already busy planning next year’s event, and we hope you will join us in 2023. Thank you for supporting the Old Schwamb Mill!

Support the Old Schwamb Mill

We hope that you will join us as a Friend of the Mill. Friends receive mailed notice of Mill events and a 10% discount on round and oval frames made at the Mill.

Individual $30 — Family $40 — Sponsor $100 — Business $200 — Patron $500 — Benefactor $1,000

Become a Friend by donating securely online:

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Or send a donation by check. Please make checks payable to Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust, Inc. and mail to Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington MA 02476

The Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable educational institution. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.


The Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, Massachusetts, is located on the oldest continuously operating mill site in the United States. Mills have been located on the main building site since the late 1600s. In 1971, the Old Schwamb Mill was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.

Our wood turner David W. Graf creating a frame.

In 1864, Charles Schwamb purchased a rebuilt, two-and-a-half story wood frame industrial building that had been built three years earlier but never occupied. The Schwambs proceeded to build west and east wing additions in 1869 and the late 1880s, respectively and were still making picture frames on the premises as late as 1969. After 105 years operating as a family-owned business, a remarkable transition from working factory to a living history museum was made possible by the vision and determination of Arlington resident and early preservationist Patricia Cunningham Fitzmaurice.

The Mill’s unique 19th-century elliptical lathes, its original belt-driven shaft-and-pulley machinery, and the original hand-turning process are used to this day to create custom-made oval and circular frames for customers around the world.


Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm and by appointment


Address: 17 Mill Lane, Arlington, Massachusetts 02476
Telephone: 781-643-0554

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The Old Schwamb Mill

Before there was an Old Schwamb Mill or even an Arlington, Massachusetts, there was this Land, Water and Woods, the ancestral home of the Indigenous Massachuset People.

We acknowledge and honor these people, their history and their culture.