Welcome to the Mills Community House, a community support center built from the remains of an early industrial complex of mills. From an Industrial Revolution factory to a library to a retreat destination, our building has served as a local art and cultural cooperative since 2012, but we have also had a decades-long legacy serving as an institution operating for the public.

Our goal is to enrich the community and county at large by providing “the three Rs”: retreat, research, and revolution. We offer a safe space for retreats (and to retreat to), a resourceful environment for research, and a home base for inspiring and discussing revolutionary ideas. We focus on using the arts as a means for self-expression, history education with the aid of on-property and off-property primary resources, and providing opportunities by cultivating interest in STEM in students at an early age. Our building’s interesting history as an early feminist site, abolitionist location, and factory has led us to be invested in the education and positive development of women, African Americans, and especially young workers.

Our library, connected to the Bean Better, Be Better coffee shop, is open to the public (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), whereas our main areas are booked in advance for retreats and community events. To schedule your next retreat or event, contact our board of directors today.

Recent Events:

African American Youth Urban Philosophy Meet

The third annual retreat was a success, with 250 students meeting to enjoy nature and take part in creative endeavors and great intellectual conversations.

Northeastern Theatre Group Presents Othello

This excellent performance from high-school seniors was the follow-up to the group’s amazing performance of Hamlet.

Fact Versus Fiction: Scientific Theory Workshop

This one-time workshop for public-school children in the fourth grade explored the need for primary sources (in a historical research setting) and the need for experimentation (in a scientific setting).

Local Plant Life and Invasive Species Course

The final class of this six-course curriculum ended with many of its students now knowing about local wildlife and what they can do to protect it.