The two sites are closely connected. The Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (in Salem) was the childhood playground of the co-founder of the Pendleton Mills. While a tour of Mission Mill gives a view of the past, a tour of the modern day Pendleton Woolen Mills shows how weaving continues to thrive.
Here’s the breakdown:
The machinery has gone digital with
computer chips detailing the beautiful designs.
Public tours for individuals and small groups are held weekdays at 9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. Reservations are not required, however tour spaces are filled on a first come basis. Tours take about 20 minutes. Shorter tours are also available on weekends. Call for details: 541-276-6911.