Video Tours and Events

Experience the Mill virtually with the video tours and Mill-hosted lectures below. You can also visit the Mill’s YouTube channel.

Creating an Old Schwamb Mill Frame. Master woodturner David W. Graf of the Old Schwamb Mill walks through the steps in construction and turning one of the mill’s oval picture frames. David uses the same period equipment the Schwambs used to make tens of thousands of frames over the Mill’s 104 year history. (Video made possible by Friends of the Mill and a grant from Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area)

The Dryhouse and the Boiler. In 1873, the Schwambs installed a coal boiler to create steam for a steam engine. At this time, many mills made this move from water power to steam power. Heat from the boiler also dried wood stacked on the floor above. (Video made possible by Friends of the Mill and a grant from Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area)

The Turbine. In 1888, the Schwambs installed a modern water turbine — more efficient than their old water wheel — to provide mechanical power to the mill.

(Video made possible by Friends of the Mill and a grant from Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area)

The Gillespie Governor. The 1888 water turbine was controlled by a Gillespie Governor, an ingenious device to keep turbine and the mill’s machinery running at a constant speed. This is a rare instance of a Gillespie Governor retired in place. (Video made possible by Friends of the Mill and a grant from Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area)

Lectures Hosted by the Old Schwamb Mill

Enterprising Women in Boston: 1862-1914 with Susan Wilson 2020-11-12. In this lecture, photographer and public historian Susan Wilson traces the origins and development of several of Boston’s most enterprising women from 1862 to 1914 and the theories behind their unique strengths and accomplishments.

Arlington in 1970: Looking Back 50 Years with Richard Duffy 2020-10-29. Richard A. Duffy, noted Arlington historian and author, observes that “Every year, a community has something interesting to say for itself, but the start of the Seventies was a particularly exciting year of change in Arlington. Nostalgia is guaranteed as we experience the Arlington of a half-century ago. And we’ll examine pivotal events of 1970 that continue to have a strong influence on the vibrant community we know today.”