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Complex Name (Common)
Gladding Brush
Complex Name (Historic)
  • Gladding Brush
Address or Location
129 West Main Street, Chester
County
Middlesex
Historic Designation
Associated Mill Community
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Historic Information

Companies Associated w/Complex

  • Gladding Brush c.1861-1960s
  • Rogers Brush 1859-c.1861

Use (Historic)

Largest Documented Workforce

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Historic Narrative

A succession of users occupied this water privilege before C. B. Rogers built this mill for making brushes in 1859. Rogers lasted but two years, then George and Calvin Gladding bought the business. The Gladding family made brushes here until the 1960s. The Gladdings installed a turbine (maker unknown) and c.1920 direct current generator (L. J. Land Co.), which remain in place; the dam and penstock also survive. The mill has been a restaurant since 1973; three wings have been added and the exterior has been painted orange. In the main dining room, however, which occupies the mill building, the line shafting, jack shafts, hanger bearings, belts and pulleys that ran the brush-making machinery remain in place. The basement bar is a former bench for a brush-winding lathe, with peg holes for mounting chucks and tying-off pins. The owner of the restaurant has installed a small steam engine in the lounge. The single-cylinder, vertical engine, built c.1900 by the Middletown (Ohio) Machine Co., is operable but is not run. (Roth)

Architectural Information

Number of Existing Buildings

One (1) primary block.

Dates of Construction

1859 with modern additions

Architect

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Builder

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Building Type

Architectural Description

The 1859 1 1/2-story, 60' x 25' frame mill has a gable roof with cupola. (Roth)

Exterior Material(s)

Structural System(s)

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Power Source

Condition

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Condition Notes

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Property Information

Specific Location

One 3.9 acre parcel on the south side of West Main Street on Pattaconk Brook east of route 9

Adjacent To

Exterior Visible from Public Road?

Yes

Parcel ID / Assessor Record Link

Acreage

3.9

Use (Present)

Sources

Form Completed By

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Date

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Bibliography

  1. Roth, Matthew, et al, Connecticut: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites (Washington DC: SIA, 1981).
  2. State Register nomination on file at SHPO archives, Hartford, CT.
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