Paper revolutionized human society by enabling the spread of knowledge, culture, and communication, facilitating the recording and dissemination of information on a massive scale. On this site in 1690, the first paper mill was established in North America. Think of how information was distributed thanks to paper and the printings of Benjamin Franklin in the following decades that was the foundation of the United States of America.
Delve into the fascinating world of historic papermaking. Participate in hands-on activities such as embedding (incorporating elements of nature into paper) and blowouts (using shapes to create paper). You’ll learn the art of papermaking from scratch using a mold and deckle. Shape the pulp into the mold, transfer it to a wet piece of felt, and use an old-style hand paper press to remove excess water, resulting in a one-of-a-kind keepsake you can take home with you.