Bynum North Carolina
Updated - 6/3/2017
Bynum was a small textile mill, company town. It is now slowing being enveloped by Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill suburban sprawl. Bynum was built around a water powered cotton mill on the Haw river in 1872. The mill operated until 1983. It then sat abandoned for years and burned in 2001. At this point all of the mill has been demolished except for a 20th century power house. Some of the pictures on this page were taken in 2005 before the mill was completely demolished. Two others are of the mill site in 2017.
Bynum's, formerly company owned, mill houses are still occupied. Many were purchased by mill workers in the 1970s. The old store (above) and the ruin next to it (below) are still standing as far as I know. The old Bynum bridge, near where the mill once stood, is now a pedestrian bridge. The river bank where the mill was is being redeveloped as a park. Folk artist Clyde Jones is one of Bynum's better known residents. There is a picture of his wonderful yard decorations below. Bynum is being enveloped by the RDU Chapel Hill metropolitan sprawl. The 800 square foot houses that workers rented from the mill for $10 a month in the 1970s are now worth close to $200,000 according to Zillow.
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