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16. Beacon Fall's Industrial Heritage

The drive along Rte. 8 south from Naugatuck to Beacon Falls is bordered by undulating hills that follow the serpentine course of the Naugatuck River making it a scenic drive any time of year. Take Exit 24 to Beacon Falls at the end of the ramp take a right on Rte. 42 west.

Beacon Falls was once a thriving company town with busy textile and rubber factory complexes; today it is a somnolent riverside town. Driving along Rte. 42 west you will pass Beacon Mill Village, on the National Register, which was the headquarters for the Home Woolen Company in 1863, and more recently, for the Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Company until 1930 when it became part of the Uniroyal complex. Today, it has been converted to housing. The Mill complex remains a testament to this town's industrial heritage that included the invention of the friction match in 1843.