Glencoe, North Carolina
Glencoe is a well preserved textile mill village on the Haw River near Burlington NC. The mill and village of Glencoe were built in 1880 by the Holt brothers who built several nearby textile mills. The mill produced flannel and cotton cloth until it closed in 1954. Preservation NC purchased the entire town in 1997 and has since renovated and sold the mill worker houses. The mill is slowly being reused as commercial space. The former company store is now the Textile Heritage Museum. Glencoe is a relatively isolated and self-contained village but it is close to Burlington, Hillsboro or the RTP area. The preservation of Glencoe has been remarkably successful. It is very much a living town, a small comfortable community, the kind that new-urbanist planners try but often fail to create. Its success has hopefully inspired the preservation of other Piedmont mill towns like Saxapahaw. The Carolina Mill and village are just downstream from Glencoe. Further downstream are the towns of Haw River and Swepsonville. Graham, Bellemont and Mebane are also close by.
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