The Packing House at The Mill Works is a special place.  Its heavy hand-hewn chestnut beams, wooden floors and ceilings, and brick construction present a unique ambiance for creative activity and innovation.  Once a part of the Gardiner Hall Jr. Company and Andover Tool & Die operation, this historic hall constructed in 1870 now provides an intimate environment for performance and events.

The Packing House - operated by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP), offers a variety of distinctive programs in acoustic music, dance, film, literature, and the visual arts. Program development is an active and ongoing process with emphasis placed on feedback from our guests.

As a flexible space, The Packing House is also available to rent for creative projects, events, meetings, receptions, workshops, recitals, and much more. We invite you to visit The Mill Works and learn how The Packing House may serve as a unique alternative space for your next project or event.

We sincerely encourage your input and collaboration, and hope that you will consider becoming a member of EC-CHAP to support and be a part of exciting project. "Become a CHAP" today! Contact us at or call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from programs generated by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance are used to cover program costs, preserve and maintain this historic facility and its infrastructure, and to continue to improve the experience of our patrons.


The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474