Willimantic Victorian Home Tours

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Oaks [Willimantic Linen Co Worker Homes
47 Crescent St,
Willimantic, CT06226
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Victorian Days has changed this year. Tours will focus on the houses built for and rented to skilled workers after 1880. When William E. Barrows was General Manager of the Willimantic Linen Company, he championed progressive ideas, popular among some industrialists at the end of the nineteenth century. We will visit cottages in the “Oaks,” which were built in 1880 to attract skilled workers such as loom fixers, mechanics, and trades workers and, to a certain extent, to diffuse potential industrial unrest. Rents were set at equivalent to 12.5% of a worker's wages at that time. There are four styles of houses, no two of similar style placed next to each other. In addition a school was built, a library established, a park was created. Tickets are available at http://victorianwillimantic.org

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Thread City Development
P.O Box 1257
Willimantic, CT 06226

860.455.4673 info@willimanticdowntown.org

WillimanticDowntown.org was partially funded by a grant from Connecticut Main Street Center and the ‘Preservation of Place’ program in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Office with funds from Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut
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