Pontiac Mills

Pontiac Mills is a historic textile mill complex on Knight Street in the village of Pontiac, Rhode Island within the city of Warwick. The mills produced the original Fruit of the Loom brand of cloth.

Pontiac Mills
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Pontiac Mills
Pontiac Mills is located in Rhode Island
Pontiac Mills
Pontiac Mills is located in the United States
Pontiac Mills
LocationWarwick, Rhode Island
ArchitectClifton A. Hall[2]
NRHP reference No.72000019[1]
Added to NRHPJune 5, 1972

The mills were built beginning in 1863 by Robert Knight and Benjamin Knight (B.B. & R. Knight Company). The mills produced uniforms for Union soldiers during the American Civil War. In 1920 Webster Knight sold Fruit of the Loom and the Pontiac Mills. The textile industry in New England began declining shortly after this period. The mills were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ D'Amato, Donald A. Gilpses From the Past: Warwick's Villages. 2009.
  3. ^ Robert Curley, Rhode Island Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places (Globe Pequot Press, 2002)[1]

Coordinates: 41°43′36.8″N 71°28′13.3″W / 41.726889°N 71.470361°W / 41.726889; -71.470361