The History of Mill No. 1
Mill No.1 enjoys an important history along the Jones Falls, starting as a cotton mill in 1847 and in 1973 becoming the home of Life Like Products. The Mount Vernon Company, which operated several mills in the Jones Falls Valley, became the world’s largest producer of cotton duck in the late 19th century, supplying cotton for sails, uniforms, tents and parachutes for the army. The collection of buildings, listed on the National Register for Historic Places, dates from 1845 to 1918.
The demand for yarn and woven cloth made out of cotton in Baltimore initially came from the need of the local shipping and ship building industries for sailcloth, known as “cotton duck”.