Encyclopedia Of Forlorn Places

Franklinville North Carolina

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville is a small textile mill town on the Deep River. The town developed around the Franklinville Manufacturing mill which was built in 1840 making it one of the oldest textile mills in the Southeast. There were two textile mills in Franklinville (upper and lower). Both are closed now. The older upper mill was water powered and remnants of a dam on the Deep River and power canal are still visible. The original 1840 structure of that mill has been almost entirely obscured by more recent additions. The (upper and older) Franklinville Manufacturing mill closed many years ago and has burned several times since. The lower Franklinville mill was mostly constructed in the 1950s but apparently contains parts of an 1895 structure. Franklinville has a few interesting historic homes and two turn of the century commercial buildings in it's small downtown.

More about the mills in Franklinville here.

My old friend Damon Lapas gained access to the Franklinville Mill in 2013 shortly after the most recent fire. Damon has graciously allowed me to use some of the photos he took during that visit. All of the black and white photographs on this page are Damon's, from that visit. The color photo below was shot by me in 2006. Damon works exclusively with vintage film cameras and does no post processing on his images. There are more of Damon's photographs on this website of the Bellemont Mill and the White Furniture factory in Mebane NC. And more of Damon's work on his Flickr.

Franklinville North Carolina

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Mark Hedlund)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)

Franklinville NC

Franklinville North Carolina (Photo by Damon Lapas)