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Support the Old Schwamb Mill

We hope that you will join us by making an end-of-year contribution to the Mill’s Annual Appeal. Your contribution helps us plan for the coming year and end the current year on a solid financial footing.

You can donate 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

Group tours are available by appointment.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person.


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

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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.