Monday, May 23, 2011

Franklinville Manufacturing Company

Franklinville is a tiny little village about 25 miles south of Greensboro and the home of  the second textile mill to be chartered by the state of North Carolina Legislature. The Franklinville Manufacturing Company received this charter in 1838. The picture of the mill is probably from the 1890's when it was at the height of its manufacturing capabilities.

The textile industry has long left North Carolina and the South for overseas locations. I took pictures of the former Proximity Mill here in Greensboro which stands empty and abandoned since the late 1970's. Franklinville Manufacturing Company went out of business with the death of the owner, John Clark, in 1969. The property was bought with the intention of turning it into a museum tracing the history of the industry in the North Carolina Piedmont, specifically along the Deep River corridor. Unfortunately it was never brought to fruition and most of the mill was torched by arsonists last year. Today it looks like this:

A really good history of this mill can be read here. More of our history now lost forever.


frayedattheedge said...

It is so sad when we loose these pieces of history - especially to arson!

moreidlethoughts said...

"...overseas locations..." That's a polite way of putting it!

I wonder whether arsonists are really any worse/different than the politicians who stitch the trade deals?

Karen said...

Anne: It's even worse to lose an entire way of life, not just the building.

Di: North Carolina's textile industry was decimated by NAFTA and the greed of management who could wring more profits out of third world countries than they could by staying home and paying a decent wage. So not just politicians, but their corporate masters are to blame.