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Samuel Slater Museum in Webster: The people who worked in the mills

By Richard Cazeault

This is the fifth in a series of articles recounting the history of Samuel Slater, who built the first textile mills in Webster. Local businessman Christopher Robert is creating a historical museum that will chronicle Samuel Slater’s far-reaching impact on both local and national textile manufacturing. The museum will be housed in the Webster town-owned National Guard Armory. State approval for the project is pending.

Samuel Slater Museum in Webster


Two hundred years ago, everyone in Webster knew the name Samuel Slater. He had just sited the country’s very first woolen mill here, after establishing the American cotton spinning industry in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Slater’s textile business pioneering ventures earned him the name “Father of the Industrial Revolution.”