Lonaconing Silk Mill | Maryland Urban Exploration

For the first time in longer than I care to admit, I spent a day doing photography just for the fun of it.


I’ve always been interested in urban exploration, so when I was presented with the opportunity to go to the Lonaconing Silk Mill in Maryland I jumped at the chance.

The Lonaconing Silk Mill, also referred to as the Klotz Throwing Company, is the last intact silk mill in the United States. It is located in Lonaconing, Maryland within the National Lonaconing Historic District and the site was nominated by the George’s Creek Watershed Association for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The mill’s current owner, Herb, has seen that he can generate income from those who wish to explore peacefully and offers “free roaming” tours for $100 per person. The money he charges barely puts a dent is his costs to maintain security, taxes, and upkeep at the mill and keep it in its in-tact condition, but every little bit helps. Right now the mill is in bad need of a roof, so if you are looking for an awesome and safe place to photograph, get a hold of Herb and schedule a tour.