Haw River North Carolina
Haw River is a classic southern textile mill town. In 1745, Adam Trollinger settled on the banks of the Haw River near the present site of the town Haw River. Successive generations of the Trollinger family built a grist mill in 1748 and a textile mill in 1848. The textile mill the Tronlingers built was expanded many times and changed hands a few. It was most recently owned by Cone Mills and at one time was the worlds largest producer of corduroy, employing 1000 people. Cone Mills went bankrupt in 2003. Since then these mill buildings have been used marginally for storage.
At one point Haw River had a small commercial district close to the river. There is very little left of this historic core. As of my last visit in 2009, all the mill buildings were secure and being partially used. There is a nice little park on the west bank of the Haw River with a view of the mill and rapids.