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Tour of Bennington’s Monadnock Paper Mills on April 13

The the Historical Society of Cheshire County will offer a field trip to Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington on Saturday, April 13.

Monadnock is recognized as the longest continually running small paper mill in America. The field trip is being offered in conjunction with the Historical Society’s current exhibit: “The Power of Water: The History of Water-Powered Mills in the Monadnock Region.”

Accompanied by a publication, the exhibit is a project of the Monadnock Historical Societies Forum, a roundtable collaboration of two dozen historical organizations in southwest New Hampshire. The Power of Water exhibit was made possible by primary exhibit and publication sponsor Connecticut River Bank, and by contributing sponsors Monadnock Paper Mills, Harrisville Designs, and Bob King at Ashuelot River Hydro, Inc.

Monadnock has been in business since Moody Butler built a paper mill in 1819 on the Contoocook River in Bennington. The corporation has been in the hands of the Verney Family since 1948, and under Richard G. Verney’s leadership the corporation has earned a reputation for its quality papers as well as its environmental stewardship. Monadnock’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing includes energy efficiency, waste reduction, and recycling. The company produces onsite hydroelectric power and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure that its products are sourced responsibly.

The field trip will car pool to Monadnock Paper Mills from the Historical Society’s headquarters in Keene at 9 a.m. The field trip is free and open to the public but space is limited.

To reserve a place for the Monadnock Paper Mills field trip, contact the Historical Society at 603.352.1895 or

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