Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1810/00/00 George Olney and six partners establish the Smithfield Cotton and Woolen Company to build a textile mill at Prays Wading, a naturally shallow spot on the Blackstone River in modern Lincoln, RI. Each partner contributes money or land to the project.
1815/00/00 By 1815, Smithfield Cotton and Woolen Co has built a dam, a grist mill, four worker homes, and a 30 by 60 foot textile mill at Prays Wading on the Blackstone River.
1820/00/00 The Smithfield Cotton and Woolen Company fails during the recession after the War of 1812, 1815-1821.
1825/00/00 Brown and Ives History Brown and Ives establish The Lonsdale Water Power Company. Later known as the Lonsdale Company, they will build a new textile empire along the Blackstone River.
1825/00/00 Captain Wilbur Kelly invest in the small Smithfield Cotton and Woolen Factory at a crossing point of the Blackstone River in modern Lincoln, Rhode Island.
1826/05/18 Captain Wilbur Kelly sells his mill and village to the Lonsdale Company, which is own by his former employers the Brown and Ives Company. Kelly is hired by the Lonsdale Co as their head agent, receiving $500 a year for his services.
1831/00/00 Brown and Ives Owner Brown and Ives begin building on a new mill village they named Lonsdale.


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Particulars for Lonsdale Historic District:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Architectural Style Greek Revival
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Industry
Architectural Style Late 19th and 20th century revivals
Architectural Style Late Victorian
Owner Local
Historic Use Manufacturing facility
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 25th May 1984

Registry Name: Lonsdale Historic District
Registry Address: Lonsdale Ave., Blackstone Ct., Front, Main, Cook, Broad, Mill, Cross and Blackstone Sts.
Registry Number: 84002022
Resource Type: District
Owner: Private, Local
Architect: Multiple
Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th century revivals, Greek revival, Late victorian
Area in Acres: 88
Contributing Buildings: 118
Non-Contributing Buildings: 7
Contributing Structures: 3
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Industry, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849, 1925-1949
Significant Year: c 1830, 1930
Historic Function: Domestic, Industry, processing, extraction
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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