The Mills and Factories

Across Pittsfield, the buildings that once employed thousands of workers and turned the city into an industrial center can still be found.  They are in varying degrees of condition.  Some have been restored and adapted for different uses, almost new; others lie in near original condition, with few changes, and perhaps a little neglected; still others may have only one or two buildings left of a complex that once included dozens of structures.


A.H. Rice Silk Mill – 55 Spring Street

Kellogg Steam Power Company – corner of Curtis and Kellogg Streets

Peck’s Mills – corner of Valentine and Peck’s Roads

Pittsfield Woolen Mill/Bel-Air400 Wahconah Street

Pomeroy Millscorner of Mill and Hawthorne Roads

Pontoosuc Woolen Mill – 20 Keeler Street

Robbins and Kellogg Shoe Company – 64 Fourth Street

S. N. & C. Russell Manufacturing125 Pecks Road

Stanley Electric ManufacturingRenne Avenue

Taconic Woolen Mill – corner of Wahconah and North Streets 

Terry Clock Building (Sheaffer-Eaton Clock Tower) – 75 South Church Street






8 thoughts on “The Mills and Factories

    murc21 said:
    June 5, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    what was the long wooden building on fourth street near silver lake

    Susan Morris said:
    August 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Where was the Berkshire Coat Factory?

      John S. Dickson responded:
      October 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Sorry for the delay in responding; first I heard of the coat factory. It appears that it was in Morningside, on Oak Street, not far from Silver Lake.

      Carol Dayton (Bradford in HS) said:
      August 10, 2022 at 3:40 pm

      Across RR tracks, prob. those near the industrial manufacturing area of GE, isolated, non-commercial area. Used to go there in the early 60s as a girl – loved their clothing, led to me being named ”best-dressed” @ Pittsfield High in ’64…

    Joy Gwinnell said:
    December 16, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Apparently my family was involved with Berkshire woolen mill I think on Pex road?

      John Dickson responded:
      December 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm

      You’re right. The Berkshire Woolen Mill was the successor to Pecks Upper Mill.

        Joy gwinnell said:
        December 17, 2022 at 2:10 am

        My family was Ainley ( my grandmother ) who married George Henry Gwinnell

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