These textile mills, like many other textile mills in Greenville and the rest of South Carolina, closed one by one as lower-cost foreign competition turned profits into losses. I first visited Poe Mill.
Poe MillPoe Mill was one of many textile mills that once ringed the city of Greenville. The mill was built in 1896 by F. W. Poe. The mill changed owners a few times over the years until the mill closed for good in 1977. The mill burned down in 2003.
I briefly consider exploring the area, but a syringe I found in the parking lot of the former office building (shown above) quickly changed my mind.
For a more detailed history of Poe Mill, I recommend Poe Mill and It's Village (in PDF format) by Judith Bainbridge .
Woodside MillThe second mill I visited was Woodside Mill. The mill was built in 1902 by the Woodside Cotton Mill Company with John Woodside as president and his brother David as secretary and treasurer. The mill closed permanently in 1984.
Yakko, Wakko, or Dot.
If you ever wondered where new Home Depots were made, wonder no more.
The sidewalk could definitely use some maintenance. Trip hazards abound here.
plans were announced to renovate the mill into condominiums. But in March 2013, that plan was canceled leaving the future of the mill once again uncertain.
For a more detailed history of this mill, I recommend Woodside Mill History (PDF format) by former mill village resident John Hall and Woodside Community (PDF format) by Judith Brainbridge. The mill and mill village listed together in the National Register of Historic Places.
Mills MillMills Mill is the third and last of the mills I visited today, and the only one of the three successfully rehabilitated. I made an unplanned stop here to have a success story to go out on. Mills Mill was built by Otis Mills, and operated from 1897 to 1978. The building housed retail outlets and apartments from 1979 to 1996. I even remember shopping there with my mom sometime back in the early to mid 1980s. The building has since been converted to condominiums.The building exterior has survived mostly unchanged, and the grounds have been nicely landscaped.
Wikipedia's entry or Mills Mill Community (PDF format) by Judith Brainbridge. Mills Mill is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
WrapupI created a map of the three mills, their locations, and the approximate boundaries of the mill villages.
I uploaded a photo album of my trip to Google Photos and Flickr.