The History of Hosiery exhibit focuses on the mill’s history and its manufacture of hosiery, with real machines and storyboards depicting every aspect of hosiery manufacture, from dying through looping and boarding.
See the actual machines used at the Belknap Mill when it was a textile manufacturer, some with hand cranks and belts, others operating with gears and chains. The circular knitting machines on display had replaced weaving machines in order to manufacture seamless hosiery and bags at the time of the Civil War. Some of the equipment shows the modifications made in 1918 when the mill converted from water to electrical power.
The historic photographs and storyboards provide further information on the manufacturing processes and the people who worked at the mill, originally built in 1823 and remaining in operation until 1969.
Inside the Hosiery Museum
photos courtesy David Stamps