Mill 1 is a former paper mill that has been restored into a stunning event venue while still preserving the history that has been a part of a community since 1848. Holyoke was built around a 60 foot drop in the Connecticut River. Water power was harnessed through a dam and a canal system that remains today.
In the 19th century, Mill 1 housed many hundreds of mill workers, often working 10-12 hour days, six days a week. We think about the mill workers every time we climb this staircase.
One popular wedding portrait location is the historic stairwell in Mill 1 that leads to the second floor bridal suite. Usually the photographer situates her self well above the couple who stand close to each other or embrace on the first floor.
It’s wonderful to see how different photographers can create such different images in the exact same location! Mill 1 has a unique ambiance that makes it a truly special place to make memories to be shared for generations to come.