Although the Dover, N.H. Washington Street mills are a thing of the past, their storied history reveals the significant role they played in the manufacturing of textiles for the entire world throughout the 1800s.
Using the power from the Cocheco River, cloth was produced in massive quantities not only in New Hampshire, but internationally as well. Unfortunately, by the 1900s, due to increased competition from southern cotton mills, the Dover Washington Street mills were forced to slow its textile production and after two destructive fires coupled with The Great Depression, the Washington Street mills closed down. Due to subsequent disregard and neglect, the building fell into ruin.
In 1984, developers bought and restored the Washington Street mills. In 2000, the mills underwent more renovations to become the “Washington Street Mills and Cultural Center” that now houses retail stores, manufacturers, non-profit groups, a school, service providers and eateries. Popular eateries include, “The Soup Guy,” “Downtown Dogs,” “North End North,” “The White Apron” as well as residential opportunities. Dover is quickly becoming a culturally sophisticated haven for highly-educated prospective home buyers. Call Dave for the Dover real estate market update.