Danvers State Hospital

DANVERS, MA ~ 1874  One of our most interesting and recent sources of reclaimed wood is the Danvers State Hospital. Construction began on this incredible red brick Victorian Gothic style structure in 1874. Soonafter, in 1878, patients were admitted. Although it was architecturally designed by Boston’s Nathaniel Bradlee, its functional design was informed and inspired … Read More

Fore River Bridge

Quincy, MA ~1933 Quincy’s Fore River Bridge was built in 1933 just below the giant Fore River Shipyard.  Thousands of ships have passed under this drawbridge over the past eight decades, including the U.S.S. Wasp and the U.S.S. Massachusetts, both built at the shipyard.  By 2004, the bridge was beyond operational repair and demolition began. … Read More

Port Ivory

STATEN ISLAND, NY  This building was unusually clean when Longleaf Lumber first visited with an environmental consultant. Once the Staten Island manufacturing home of Proctor & Gamble’s Ivory Soap division, the entire structure effervesced hygiene.  Port Ivory was built in the 1930s, not far from the Goethal’s Bridge to New Jersey.  Proctor & Gamble has … Read More

Great Falls Bleachery & Dye Works

SOMERSWORTH, NH ~ 1823  During the early 1800s, settlers moved north from Dover, New Hampshire, up the Salmon Falls River in search of water power and land. They built gristmills and sawmills along the river as they went.  In 1823 the Great Falls Manufacturing Company purchased their first mill (which included a gristmill, land, and … Read More

Appalachian Chestnut

AMERICAN CHESTNUT  Longleaf has acquired a large quantity of American Chestnut logs which have been discovered in the deep hollows of the Appalachian Mountains. These logs were part of the old growth forest of chestnut devastated by the blight of the early 20th century.  The trees were so large that despite the fact that these … Read More

Fall River Balloon Factory

FALL RIVER, MA ~ 1821  Serving many purposes over the years, this building was built in 1821 to house the operations for the Fall River Iron Works, which played an important role in the development of the Fall River textile industry. Located on the shores of Mount Hope Bay near the mouth of the Taunton … Read More

Bakerville Mill

BAKERVILLE, CT ~ 1859  The Old Mill of Bakerville, CT, built in 1859 by John Scott Baker, was a three-story building that replaced a tannery on the same site. The mill had hydro powered wooden wheels with metal shafts churning water that streamed from a reservoir above it. These wheels turned belts for machines on … Read More

Everett Mills

LAWRENCE, MA ~ 1880  Built in 1880 as a storehouse for nearby Pemberton Mills, partially from timbers salvaged from earlier buildings, this structure is total Americana. The larger Everett Mills building used for production was constructed in 1909, abutting the Pemberton storehouse, bringing the warehouse under the ownership of the connected Everett Mills.  For over … Read More

Charleston Chew

EVERETT, MA  Longleaf Lumber salvaged Heart Pine beams from this tasty factory, returning them to use as flooring, countertops, and other reclaimed wood products. 

Scott & Williams Knitting Machine Mill

LACONIA, NH ~ 19th Century  The town of Laconia has been visited by outsiders since 1652. Visitors were initially explorers, then settlers, business entrepreneurs, and industrial-age American and immigrant workers. In our time, the area continues to attract visitors, more often in the form of tourists and motorcycle enthusiasts during the well-known annual ‘Bike Week.’  … Read More