Graham North Carolina
Graham is part of a conurbation of small industrial towns which includes Haw River, Burlington, Glencoe, Swepsonville, Bellemont, Gibsonville and Elon. Graham is slightly older and much smaller than adjacent Burlington. Graham was established as the county seat when Alamance County was carved out of Orange County in 1849. Graham has a compact central business district, with a number of 19th century buildings, anchored by a central courthouse. Over the last 150 years, Graham has been overshadowed by its much larger neighbor, Burlington. Like Burlington and its other neighbors, Graham became a center of textile production in the late 1800s. The Oneinda Mill, pictured here, is the most significant extant textile mill in town. The Oneida mill was established in 1882. The original mill buildings, known at the time as the Scott-Mebane Manufacturing Company, are still standing on the western side of the mill complex. The buildings pictured here including the round water tower were built in a 1898 expansion. The mill was purchased by Lynn Holt at that time who owned several other area mills. Since 1898 it has been known as the Oneida Mill in its entirety or sometime the Holt Mill in reference to the 1898 section. The mill, after changing hands several times, closed in 1994. It has recently been renovated and converted to loft apartments. The mill was still unoccupied and construction in progress when I visited in 2017.
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