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A four-room mill house with gable
A four-room mill house with gable
Format: image/diagram
Hanes spinning plant and mill village, 1910
Hanes spinning plant and mill village, 1910
P. H. Hanes spinning plant and mill village on the Clemmons Road, 1910. Photo shows a few of the new homes in the village. The company store is at left. Road later known as South Stratford Road.
Format: image/photograph
Life in the mill villages
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.3
By 1900, more than nine-tenths of textile workers lived in villages owned by the companies that employed them. Mill villages included stores, churches, and schools, but workers found ways to avoid too much dependence on their employers.
Format: article
By James Leloudis and Kathryn Walbert.
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
Mill villages
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.4
Excerpt from D. A. Tompkins' 1899 textbook for cotton mill owners, explaining rationale and design for millworkers' housing. Includes photographs, plans, and historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Plan for a two-room mill house
Plan for a two-room mill house
Format: image/diagram
Plans for a four-room mill house with gable
Plans for a four-room mill house with gable
Format: image/diagram
Plans for a three-room narrow mill house
Plans for a three-room narrow mill house
Format: image/diagram
A three-room narrow mill house
A three-room narrow mill house
Format: image/photograph
A two-room mill house
A two-room mill house
Format: image/photograph
White Oak Cotton Mills (postcard)
White Oak Cotton Mills (postcard)
Postcard shows the White Oak Cotton Mills (a division of Greensboro-based Cone Mills) and several houses in the mill village. A river runs between the mill and the village.
Format: image/ephemera
White Oak Cotton Mills: Notice!
White Oak Cotton Mills: Notice!
NOTICE! Prizes will be awarded as usual this year for the best front yards and neatest kept premises. In planting vines and shrubbery at the various houses, the company does not mean or intend to take the control or arrangement of the front yards...
Format: image/poster
Work in a textile mill
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.1
Article describes the various kinds of work in a textile mill, the experiences of millhands in and out of the mills, and what various workers earned.
Format: article
By James Leloudis and Kathryn Walbert.