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In the late 1800s, silk was no longer a commodity. The mill buildings began to serve other beneficial purposes. From small businesses to residential homes, each place found its purpose. Long ago, our historic mill building was a stop for local train delivery of silk that was
stored right here.
George Cheney's eight sons founded Cheney Brothers silk mills. These mills were once home to one of the largest silk weaving companies in the nation.
In 1847, Frank Cheney invented and patented a machine for making
Originally used for the purpose of silk storage, Cheney Mills will once again be connected to its original purpose in this community. Stop by today to learn more about our owners and operators - Pete Kegler, John Bender, and Pete Haddad. They're happy to answer any questions you may have.
When you need storage facilities that are easy to access, come to us. You don't need an appointment to get in, and you can rest easy knowing that your possessions are well-taken care of.
Cheney Mill History
From Silk Storage to Your Storage...
Although George's grandfather was the first Cheney to settle in these parts, it was George Cheney's eight sons who founded Cheney Brothers silk mills, once home to one of the largest silk weaving company in the nation.
Frank Cheney, one of the eight brothers, invented a machine for making silk thread which he patented in 1847. As it has been described by Rebecca Furer, "the Cheney Brothers was not just a company, but a world of its own complete with the mill buildings, family homes, churches, schools, a fire station and library."
While silk is no longer a main commodity as in the late 1800's, the mill buildings stand strong yet for other beneficial purposes to our community. Many have made their home in some of the mill buildings, run their own small businesses in a few, house an area that celebrates the arts and community events, and even one that preserves Cheney history.
And coincidence or not, long ago, our historic mill building was a stop for a local train delivery of silk which was stored right here. Originally used for the purpose of storage...silk storage...Cheney Mills will once again be connected to its original purpose.
Come see how much has changed, but also how much has stayed the same.
Pete Kegler, John Bender, and Pete Haddad
Owners and Operators of Cheney Mill Self Storage