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Druid Mill



  • Existence: 1866 - 1917
  • Usage: 1866 - 1892

Parallel Names

  • Mt. Vernon Mill #4


The Druid Mill (1866-1917) was a mill in Baltimore that specialized in cotton duck fabric production.

Built in 1866 in Baltimore by Horatio Nelson Gambrill, An expansion in 1872 made Druid Mill the largest cotton mill in the state at the time. The mill’s cotton duck fabric was purchased by Brinckerhoff, Turner and Co, based in New York, who manufactured various cloth goods like canvas coverings, bags, and overalls. Their fabric and merchandise was sold at Zion’s Co-operative Mercantile Institution located in Salt Lake City, Utah. They ceased advertising in 1888.

In 1890 Grambrill’s company went bankrupt and the mill was sold to the Woodberry Manufacturing Company, who then sold it to the Mt Vernon Mills in 1892. The mill was renamed Mt. Vernon Mill #4 and continued to produce cotton duck fabric. In 1917, the mill was sold to Poole and Hunt and was used to manufacture washing machines and other large appliances.

Utah Digital Newspapers, via WWW (1888 advertisement for Brinckerhoff, Turner and Co., selling canvas coverings, bags, and overalls, sold at Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution)

Baltimore Industry Tours, via WWW (1890 Gambrill’s company went bankrupt, mill sold to Woodberry Manufacturing Company, 1892 mill sold to Mt Vernon Mills, renamed Mt Vernon Mill #4, continued producing cotton duck fabric, 1917 mill sold to Poole and Hunt)

Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation - Staff Report, via WWW, June 8, 2023: pg. 4 (1872 expansion made Druid Mill the largest cotton mill in the state at the time)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Druid Mills note

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230334762]
Identifier: MSS 1185
Scope and Contents

Handwritten list which states that "Cotton Duck" costs $.75 per yard. The item is undated but may have been created late in the 19th century. The author is unknown, and the note may relate to the cotton industry in Utah.

Dates: approximately 1870