Glastonbury Council OKs Preservation of Mill Foundation, Smokestack

The Glastonbury Town Council supported a $435,000 restoration plan for the Hopewell Woolen Mill.


The future of the former Slocomb Mill site, the location of what was once the Hopewell Woolen Mill, is set to get a $435,000 facelift.

The Glastonbury Town Council gave its support Tuesday to a $435,000 restoration plan for the 20-acre site on Matson Hill Road, which would create hiking trails and open the land to the public.

Currently only a smokestack and granite foundation remain of what was once the Hopewell Woolen Mill, which made uniforms for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The building’s last tenant was the J.T. Slocomb Mill, which produced aircraft parts.

The building was demolished last year, and is currently a bit of an eyesore with a chain-link fence covered in “Keep Out” signs.

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The plan is to preserve the historic site by introducing parking lots and hiking trails, as well as seeding part of the property. The town would also install informative signage around the site. The plan also calls for repairing the walls of the foundation.

A report from an architectural firm also recommended that the town “stabilize and preserve” the smokestack, which could present a danger due to deteriorating brickwork.

Preliminary costs for the project include $200,000 for environmental cleanup; $120,000 to rebuild the granite walls of the foundation; $75,000 for seeding, parking lots and signs; and $40,000 to repair the smokestack.

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