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Old Gilliam Mill
Located on Big Pocket Creek, the mill was built by Howell and John Gilliam in 1856. It is one of the largest grist and cotton mills in Central North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Daniel Stanton Mill
Visit this historic mill to see how corn was ground into meal in the past.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Dellinger Grist Mill on Cane Creek
A visit to this historic grist mill shows students the same time-honored methods and machinery from the 1800s.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Grimes Mill
Located at 600 North Church Street in Salisbury, this is the only roller mill museum in North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Grist mill
Grist mill
At a grist mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, water flows over the mill wheel. A grist mill is a building where corn or grain is ground into cornmeal or flour. The power of the water causes the mill wheel to turn, which in turn causes a pair...
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A two-room mill house
A two-room mill house
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A four-room mill house with gable
A four-room mill house with gable
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Cotton mill workers, c. 1899
Cotton mill workers, c. 1899
A "Group of Southern Cotton Mill Operatives" poses for an 1899 textbook about cotton mill operations.
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Murray's Mill Historic District
Step back in time at the Murray's Mill Historic District and see what it was like to live there years ago.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The strikers move into tents
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 8.5
Article from the Gastonia Daily Gazette printed during the Loray Mill strike, 1929. Striking workers were thrown out of their houses, which were owned by the mill. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
A three-room narrow mill house
A three-room narrow mill house
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Plans for a four-room mill house with gable
Plans for a four-room mill house with gable
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Plans for a three-room narrow mill house
Plans for a three-room narrow mill house
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Plan for a two-room mill house
Plan for a two-room mill house
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Historic Bost Grist Mill
This working grist mill will transport students back to the 1800s and shows how people lived and worked in that time. Originally powered by water, the mill is operated by tractor with a belt and pulley today.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
McCulloch Gold Mill
Take a trip to the McCulloch Gold Mill and learn the history and geology of the Triad area. Students will love panning for gold and gemstones!
Format: article/field trip opportunity
A cotton mill superintendent's house
A cotton mill superintendent's house
Photograph of a cotton mill superintendent's house (cost $1500) from an 1899 textbook on cotton mill management.
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Blue Ridge Paper Mill Tours
The Blue Ridge Paper Mill is one of the oldest paper mills in the United States and has tours of the facility by appointment only.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Brock Mill and Dam in Trenton, NC
Brock Mill and Dam in Trenton, NC
This is Brock Mill and Dam in Trenton, North Carolina. The first gristmill was built here before the Revolutionary War.
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Mill village and factory: Voices
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.5
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 5.2
Excerpts of oral history interviews with men and women who lived in mill villages and worked in textile mills in the early twentieth century.
Format: interview/primary source