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Property Name Woodbury Mill
Reference Number 13000156
State New Hampshire
County Strafford
Town Dover
Street Address 1 Dover Street, Dover, NH
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 03/25/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, INDUSTRY
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The Woodbury Mill meets Criteria A and C for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and is significant in the areas of Industry and Architecture at the local level. The property possesses integrity of location, design, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. The mill meets Criterion A for its association with the shoemaking industry in Dover, New Hampshire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The building was used as a shoe factory, occupied by multiple companies for nearly 90 years. Although textile manufacturing dominated the local industrial economy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, largely through the operations of the Sawyer Woolen Mill and Cocheco Manufacturing Company (cotton mill), shoe manufacturing had a significant impact as the second largest industry in Dover. The Woodbury Mill meets Criterion C as a well -preserved example of a late 19th century industrial building of slow-burning construction. The design of Woodbury Mill follows a model that emerged after about 1860 in response to the development of heavy manufacturing machinery and efforts to limit loss due to fire. Despite several additions at the rear the building, the Woodbury Mill retains architectural integrity and serves as a tribute to the city's historic industrial prosperity.


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