Watershops and the Mill River
The Mill River provided the power for many early Springfield industries, including Springfield Armory starting in 1795. Watershops Pond, created by the Armory's dam is a defining feature of Springfield. Today, the Watershops complex is privately owned and utilized by many smaller businesses. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For historical information, click here to download a fact sheet (PDF, 650KB)