If you were in the right place between 1903 and 2009, you could breathe in the sweet smell of chocolate. Lowney’s Chocolate Factory, started in 1903 by Walter Lowney and which he ran until his death in 1921.

His business was both profitable and self-sufficient. His farm produced thousands of gallons of cream for his business and his Lowney Houses, on North Main Street, provided affordable housing for some of his employees.

He built a popular tavern downtown. He was Mansfield’s most generous benefactor and prominent citizen. Soon the Chocolate Factory will be redeveloped for residential and light manufacturing use.