When John Rich II built his first mill on Little Plum Run in 1830, there were two urban centers in the Commonwealth: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
The advent of a logging boom in the 1830s and 1840s spurred new industry and enterprise, largely supported by the area’s abundance of water resources. Lumber camps and timber yards popped up along rural Pennsylvania riverbanks. In the 1860s, Pennsylvania was the nation’s leading lumbering state.
Taking advantage of this growing market in his backyard, Rich sold his wool fabric to loggers and lumberman off the back of a mule cart. At a time when spinning wheels and looms were standard fixtures in homes, Rich traveled camp-to-camp selling fabric to loggers’ wives who then turned the fabric into clothes.
More than 180 years later, Woolrich’s legacy for producing exceptional wool fabric endures. Skilled technicians still practice the centuries-old craft at the fabled Woolen Mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania. And now, for the first time in many years, Woolrich is continuing the tradition of offering premium wool fabrics in bulk yardage.
The fabric is proudly made at the company’s historic headquarters in Woolrich, Pennsylvania. The soft, American wool that’s been prized for its unmistakable quality for is available for purchase at WoolrichFabrics.com. Check out the samples below!
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