Museum Topics

The exhibits at the museum offer a wide range of topics to enhance your curriculum:

Sheep, Wool & Cloth  
Rise and fall of Vermont's sheep industry
Textile mills versus home cloth-making
River and Mill
Mill construction and architecture
Power sources
Environment & ecology
Flood of 1927
Waterways and railroads
Looms to Computer
Jacquard loom as the precursor to computers
Mill Closings
Antiquated machines, competition


Mill Women and Children 
Lewis HIne photos c. 1910-1915
Working conditions, child labor, protest
Community Life 
Company influence- mill store, activities
Boarding houses, education, cultures, religions
Workforce/ Immigrant Populations
French Canadian, European, Middle Eastern
At Work in the Mill
James Detore photos (1940's) of mill workers
Products and Markets
Wartime demands and other influences
Evolution of the Mill District
Growth and decline of the textile industry

Our staff will work with you to customize a school tour. For further information including pricing please call: 802-355-9937 or


Self Guided Tours:

Groups are welcome to use the museum for self-guided tours, but we ask that you call the museum in advance to reserve a time. While admission to the museum is free, donations for group reservations are greatly appreciated to help maintain museum operating expenses.

Public Programs: 

Check our events calendar for scheduled homeschool and family programming.
You can also sign up for our email list to receive notice of future events.


Clickity Clack, Wool, Work and Waterpower by Jeffrey Badillo, Teresa Hawes and Cathy Richards
To enhance a visit, our curriculum guide contains common core state standards, background information on exhibits, worksheets, and pre and post visit activities. Guides can be purchased at the museum.

The Mills at Winooski Falls,  edited by Laura Krawitt
Short essays provide a multi-century view of the impact of the industrial revolution on Vermont - an under-researched area in the state's history. Appealing are the intimate and human portraits and reminiscences of mill life and its influence on the community. Illustrated and notes. The book is available for purchase at the museum.