Woolrich has been synonymous with quality outdoor clothing and accessories for over 180 years. The company got its start in 1830 when John Rich, an immigrant from England, built his first woolen mill in Plum Run, Pennsylvania. Rich would visit the lumber camps that dotted the area and sell his woolen goods from a mule cart.
By 1845, he built a new mill a couple of miles up the road next to Chatham Run, which provided a steadier source of water. That building exists today as part of the group of buildings, homes, and community establishments that have become Woolrich, Pennsylvania.
Rich could certainly not have imagined that his little woolen mill (created not long after the Revolutionary War) would go on to experience some of history's greatest events, including the Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars, and the end of the Cold War. It would witness the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in America, the amazing growth of American cities, and the telecommunications revolution.
Eventually, the introduction of new high-tech materials allowed Woolrich to enhance the performance of its outdoor line, meeting the needs of a new generation of enthusiasts.
Their commitment to quality materials and products has kept customers returning for generations and shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.