Old Schwamb Mill
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About the Mill

Open Tuesdays and Saturdays 11am-3pm for guided tours of the Mill, including frame-turning demonstrations on original 19th century lathes, art gallery viewing, and sale of our finely crafted frames. Groups by appointment. The time for a Saturday tour will be adjusted when necessary to avoid disruption of scheduled special events.

OSM turner David Graf giving a frame-turning demonstration. Other steps in the manufacture of an oval frame will also be demonstrated during each tour. Photo by Ed Friedman enfenf002@yahoo.com

The Mill, one of Arlington's hidden historic gems, is an 1864 picture frame factory and living history museum. It is the country's only manufacturer of hand-turned museum quality oval frames. The Mill is a worthy destination in its own right, with its rich industrial history, its bucolic setting on Mill Brook and, in particular, its original and still-used 19th-century machinery.

Donations welcome.


Visit the Shaker Workshops in the mill's barn and take advantage of the 10% discount that OSM members receive. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, furniture, lamps, rugs, and many seasonal and unique gift items are available.

For more information, please call:
Ed Gordon, Director of Museum Programs, at 781-643-0554
or send e-mail to info@oldschwambmill.org.

DIRECTIONS to the Old Schwamb Mill




Tuesdays and Saturdays, through June 3, 2017, 11 am to 3 pm 
CUURENT EXHIBIT: Outakes: The Photographs of Mark Ostow 

Current art exhibition, “Outtakes: The Photographs of Mark Ostow.” Mark is a portrait photographer based in Cambridge. Known for capturing the indecisive moment, his portraiture captures emotion in progress.

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9 am start
WALKING TOUR: Along Mill Brook

Walking Tour held in cooperation with the group “Walking in Arlington.” Tour leader will be Ed Gordon of the Old Schwamb Mill. The walk will conclude with a light breakfast at the Old Schwamb Mill. Admission is $15. Preregister at www.walkinginarlington.com. Tours of the Mill will be available from 11 am to 3 pm.


Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1 pm
TALK: “The Deed is My Word: Adventures among the Schwamb Mill Records” with Speaker Tom Calderwood.

The Middlesex County archives houses property records going back to the 1600s. Deeds from the Schwamb era and earlier are largely in heavy bound paper volumes in the basement of the old Middlesex courthouse, where anyone can examine them. Tracing the ownership of the Mill through generations of handwritten documents is fascinating detective work. Come hear about the foreclosures, widows' dowers, water rights, and ever-shifting boundaries of the Schwamb parcel, as we time-travel back through the Colonial era.