Montpelier's Clothespin Industry
Montpelier, Vermont was once home to a vibrant industry to a common household item: the humble clothespin! Two Vermonters held patents on early versions of the modern clothespin, and Montpelier became home to a pair of factories that turned out hundreds of thousands of clothespins every year, the U.S. Clothespin Company and the National Clothespin Factory.
- Check out item 1979.2 in our museum collection
- Read the Wikipedia article for the National Clothespin factory
- Read "Businesses put pinch on each other" from The Times Argus
- Read our article about Montpelier's clothespin industry from History Connections