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Screening: Piermont's Papermill Film

2018-11-15 Piermont Papermill
November 15, 2018

CANCELLATION NOTICE: Due to forecasts of snow and slippery road conditions, this sold-out screening of Piermont's Papermill is canceled. We are working with the Piermont Historical Society to schedule another date and will keep you informed. Thank you for your understanding!

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to

Piermont's Papermill:
Stories from the Factory

A Film Screening and Q&A with the
Piermont Historical Society

When: Thursday,November 15, 2018, 7:15 PM SHARP

Where: History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Admission: $FREE (reservations required)

This award-winning documentary tells the story of life in Piermont before the Condominiums. In 1901, Martin R. Williams erected the first paper mill in Piermont. The rail yards on the pier, built in 1840 by the Erie Railroad, provided transportation for supplies in and out of the village. Fresh water, needed to produce paper, was supplied from the nearby Sparkill Creek. The Piermont Paper Company began production in 1902, and for 18 years the plant produced cardboard. Its principal customer was the Robert Gair Company.

In 1920, Robert Gair purchased the mill. He had become a leader in the paper industry in Manhattan and Brooklyn after the Civil War. Gair's discovery revolutionized modern society with cardboard boxes and paper fiber containers that replaced bulky wooden crates and barrels. Manufacturers saw the sides of boxes as valuable ad space to sell their brand.

Piermont's Papermill: Stories from the Factory was produced for the Piermont Historical Society by Anthony Bellov Video Productions. Credits include:

  • Betsy Franco Feeney: Script, Editing, Interviews
  • Patti Panayotidis: Research, Script, Interviews
  • Tom Chapin: Narrator
  • John Guth: Sound Engineer

The PHS is grateful to those whose memories are cherished: Phillip Delorenzo, Kevin Fagan, Lawrence Goswick, James Koza, Alfred Lacker, Laura Montesano.


Or email us at or call (845) 634-9629

As a courtesy to our guest speaker, please arrive early to avoid interruptions. The presentation will begin promptly at 7:15 pm. Latecomers with reservations may forfeit their seats. Walk-ins will be admitted only if space permits.

Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956


The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.


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