In 1830, Woolrich started supplying lasting apparel and woolen cloth to those whose lives often depended on rugged, reliable, outdoor clothing. Now, over 175 years later, they're proud to continue that tradition. That same quality, attention to detail, and function can be found today in every fiber of Woolrich wool. No other mill has more experience with wool - Woolrich is America's Oldest Woolen Mill.
The tradition of custom designed woolens dates back to Woolrich founder, John Rich, who, in 1830, constructed his first woolen mill in Plum Run, Pennsylvania. By 1845, he expanded and moved to what is now Woolrich, Pennsylvania.
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. Loggers' wives then crafted garments from the fabric.
Technological developments, new production methods, and changing American lifestyles led to new products for all types of outdoor activities--all-wool bathing suits and wool golf knickers joined rugged coats for hunters and trappers. As America took to the roads in the early 1930's, Woolrich added automobile robes and steamer rugs for the more mobile society. Woolrich was contracted by the government to outfit Admiral Byrd's expedition to Antarctica in 1939, 1940, and 1941.
Eventually, the introduction of new high-tech materials allowed Woolrich to enhance the performance of its outdoor wear, meeting the needs of a new generation of enthusiasts. Traditional fabrics like wool and cotton teamed up with man-made fibers to create clothing that their customers could rely on for everything from a backpacking trip to a leisurely stroll.
Today the little village of Woolrich is still headquarters for the company, but the business has grown to a worldwide lifestyle company with a full range of outdoor-inspired products, from jackets and shirts to outdoor furniture. The company that provided blankets to the Union soldiers in the Civil War today keeps folks warm under its wonderful throws as they cuddle up by the fireplace. You can buy a wool jacket your great-great grandfather may have worn in the woods or a parka that's all about the latest in advanced technology.
What has not changed in all those years is Woolrich's commitment to quality, value, and products that fit the outdoor lifestyle. And most of all, their commitment to their customers.