History: The Bernat Mill was originally (in the
1800s) the J.R. & C.W. Scott Mill. In 1909 the Scotts sold the mill to
C.A.Root and Louis Bachman of New York It operated at that time under
the name of Uxbridge Worsted Company, Inc. During the early years the
plant was renovated and added to extensively. After Mr Root's death in
1932 the name changed to Bachman-Uxbridge Worsted Corp.,.and operated as
such until it was sold to Emile Bernat & Sons, Inc.in 1962.
The Capron Mill was built along the Mumford
River facing the Bernat or Scott Mill. It was owned and operated in
later years by Davis and Brown and bore that title "Davis& Brown
Mill.The brown office building on Mendon Street just before the
brick wall was their office. (by Mae Wrona of Uxbridge)
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or the BV Chamber at 508-234-9090 and we'll make sure you are
The Road to Recovery for
Bernat Mill Tenants...Finding a New Home
Potential tenants, burned out from the
bernat Mill fire, were scouting area mills yesterday, including the Linwood
Mill which is nearly vacant after Wild Bird Gardens closed shop roghly 7
months ago. Bill Gianopoulos, part owner of the Linwood Mill gave several
interested parties a tour yesterday indicating that roughly 25,000 square ft
is available on the first and second floor with about 10,000 available on
the third and fourth floors. This historic mill is located about 5-7 minutes
away from the Bernat Mill. Its owners had planned to build condos there
until the market slowed for residential real estate.
The Stanley Woolen mill, another historic mill
only a stone's throw from the former Bernat Mill will be ready to go in
about six months, according to owner Nicholas Deane. The
News has recently interviewed Deane.
Another beautiful historic
mill is the Manchaug Mills where
Vaillancourt Folk Art is located. Manager Neil Crites states that they have
direct access to every floor and space is available in this lovely mill,
located in Manchaug , Ma.
The Blackstone Valley
Chamber and many others have been very helpful in addressing the emotions
and needs of these tenants, burnt out in Saturday's (July 21, 2007) fire. In
addition, governmental officials are working to declare this a federal
emergency and approve grants and low cost loans.
The value of the mill was
projected at $80 million, insurance held was $16 million. Most tenants did
not have insurance and artists, such as Jim Sweet from Millbury, lost up to
a million dollars worth of inventory. The rough estimate of the loss,
projected by tenants knowing the approximate value of what was lost, project
a loss of over a billion dollars.
More on the recovery from Woonsocket Call