Klotz Silk Mill

Looking down the aisle of the Klotz Silk Mill

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The Klotz Silk Mill has been on my bucket list of places to shoot so I headed down to Lonaconing, Maryland last week to spend four wonderful hours photographing this historic place.  Ground broke on the construction of the silk mill in 1905 and it stayed in operation until 1957.  Workers of the mill left on a Friday afternoon in 1957 and never returned because of the mills closure that Monday.  The workers shoes and personal belongings remain where they were left on that Friday.  Mr. Herb Crawford has owned the silk mill for the last thirty plus years and is working hard to get the government to recognize it as a historic landmark and provide funding to maintain it.  The roof on the mill is deteriorating and leaking badly.  The cost to repair the roof is astronomical. To help offset a small portion of the cost of maintaining the mill Mr. Crawford charges photographers $75 for four hours of access to photograph this incredible piece of history.  If anyone would like contact information for Mr. Crawford, please email me and I will forward on his contact information to you (my email address is under the contact tab).  As long as the roof holds up, you will be able to photograph there.  I have to give a shout out and thanks to photographer Tony Sweet who told me to get down there as soon as possible!  If anyone has contact within the historic landmark and preservation trust, please tell them about this wonderful historic place.  It would be a shame to lose a wonderful piece of history.

Looking towards the office with spools piled to the right.

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A wider view of this room.

Klotz Silk Mill 11

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A wide view of the fastness of the silk mill.  This is the second floor or main level.

Klotz Silk Mill 22

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Klotz Silk Mill 5

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A few close ups of the silk spinning machines.

Close up of the silk spinning machinery

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Klotz Silk Mill 14

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The next few photographs are of the personal items left when the mill closed in 1957.

Klotz Silk Mill 2

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I love the twine around the knob for a better grip!

Klotz Silk Mill 21

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You can see someone left their shoes behind.

Klotz Silk Mill 8

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Klotz Silk Mill 9

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Klotz Silk Mill 6

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Klotz Silk Mill 1

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Klotz Silk Mill 17

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A few shots of the silk that is left.  It looks like human hair!

Klotz Silk Mill 4

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Feels a little haunting.

Klotz Silk Mill 13

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A few more interior shots that I like. This is the ladies room!

Klotz Silk Mill 12

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I can’t leave the gents out!

Klotz Silk Mill 3

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Klotz Silk Mill 7

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6 thoughts on “Klotz Silk Mill

    • They do look like insects! The beauty of this place is that it looks exactly like it did when the workers left in 1957. The roof is leaking badly and we fear that if it isn’t fixed soon it could collapse.

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