WOVEN TRUE. THEN AND NOW.
Our tradition of custom-designed woolens dates back to our founder, John Rich. In 1830 he
constructed his first woolen mill in Plum Run, Pennsylvania. From his mule cart, he sold his quality
fabrics to loggers, miners, rivermen and trappers. By 1845, he expanded the mill and moved to
what is now Woolrich, Pennsylvania.
Over the years, eight generations of his family have lived and worked amidst the same rural
landscape of north-central Pennsylvania, not two miles from where John Rich erected his first woolen
mill. It is in these roots that we find a deep commitment to producing premium American fabrics that
are as functional today as they were in the mid-nineteenth century. Bales of raw wool still come in
one end of the mill and, after a good deal of work, exit as superior fabric.
Woolrich is proud to be the longest continuously running woolen mill in the USA.
During the great logging era of central Pennsylvania, John Rich traveled from camp to
camp selling fabric, socks, coverlets, and yarn from the back of a mule cart.
A business created not long after the Revolutionary War would go on to experience the
Civil War and every war since. Today, we are the only U.S. woolen mill still in operation
that produced woolen fabrics for the Civil War.