Bynum North Carolina
Bynum was a small textile mill, company town. It was built around a water powered mill on the Haw river- established in 1872. The mill was closed in 1983 and mostly burned down in 2001. At this point all of the mill has been demolished except for the power house. The pictures on this page were taken in 2005 before the mill was completely demolished. The old store and the ruin next to it 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 used to be is now an undeveloped park. The 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.