East Hartford Site Named to National Register of Historic Places


The building is being renovated to house ‘Moxie on the Rocks’ which will offer adult drinks made in the state

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — A former paper mill, currently being transformed into a “libation library” featuring state-produced adult beverages, was added to the state’s Register of Historic Places on Monday.

Officials unveiled a plaque at the former Burnside Paper Mill in East Hartford and officially added it to Connecticut State Register of Historic Places.

The building, which dates from the Civil War era, housed hydroelectric paper mills. The building last produced paper products in 1976.

“This is a beautiful building with great potential and I wish the founder of Moxi on The Rocks – Tomas Nenortas well as he works to make his vision a reality for this facility,” said the mayor of Moxi on The Rocks. East Hartford, Mike Walsh.

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Renovations are underway to make room for Moxi on the Rocks, which is described as Connecticut’s first “libation library.” The company will focus on serving and selling Connecticut-made wines, beers, sodas and spirits. The owners have said they will restore the hydroelectric works, making it the first hydroelectric powered distillery in the United States.

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The factory is located at 87 Church Street in East Hartford. East Hartford Mayor Mike Walsh and Rick Fattibene of 87 Church LLC attended the ceremony.

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