Henry River Mill Village
In 1904, the building of a planned community began, and the Henry River Manufacturing Company started producing fine cotton yarns in 1905. In its time, Henry River Mill Village was a completely self-sustained town: it operated under its own currency, generated its own electricity, and churned its own moonshine. While the mill thrived during its operating years, the 12-hour shifts often proved backbreaking for workers. By the time the 12,000 spindles slowed to a halt in the late 1960s, many workers had hoboed out of town looking for higher wages. The mill itself burned down in 1977, but the two-story company store and many of the workers' houses remain, creating an eerie silhouette—and serving as inspiration to both artists and filmmakers.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738592503
: Arcadia Publishing
: 07/30/2012
: North Carolina
: Images of America
: 206 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Writer Nicole Callihan, whose grandmother grew up “on the hill,” combines forces with longtime Henry River resident Ruby Young Keller to create this compelling account of a mill village turned ghost town turned Hollywood movie set. With stories and photographs gathered from former residents and their families, Henry River Mill Village emerges as not only a rich account of the North Carolina textile industry, but as a true testament to a community that flourished even in hardship.
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