The old Lonaconing Silk Mill, also know as the Klotz Throwing Co. of Lonaconing, Maryland is the last intact silk mill in the United States. Built in 1905 and closed in 1957, the mill has been left virtually untouched since its closing. According to the Mill's owner, Herb Crawford, management closed the doors when the employees went on strike in 1957. The mill had seen a increasing production decline since it's opening in 1907 and was down to under 100 workers in the 1950's from a high of 359 in it's early days.
Herb Crawford is single-handedly trying to save this historic mill from decay and deterioration. Mr. Crawford has discovered that photographers will pay for the privilege to photograph this incredible time-capsule of a factory and he uses the proceeds to repair the leaky roof and install security measures to keep out vandals.
Everything has been left as it was in that last day in 1957 and there is plenty of photographic opportunity! Many personal belongings and antique artifacts are still where the workers left them. If you have a photography group that can get to Northern Maryland, then I encourage you to give Herb a call and schedule a visit. I guarantee you will not regret it!
Contact Herb Crawford at 301-268-116.