Stories of 2019: Monadnock Paper Mill turns 200

By MEGHAN PIERCE, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Throughout 2019 Monadnock Paper Mills celebrated its 200th anniversary as a business.

Moody Butler founded the business – known as Paper Mill or Bennington Paper Mill – near the banks of the Contoocook River in 1819. When it first started the mill produced handmade paper for writing, accounting ledgers and books.

Monadnock Paper Mills has been in continuous operation since 1819 and is considered the oldest continuously-operated paper mill in the United States.

“The mill was founded following the War of 1812 when an embargo was put on English goods, including paper. The people in the area decided they needed an indigenous source of paper. The first mechanical equipment was installed in 1835 and the mill has been churning out paper ever since,” according to