Textile Industrial Revolution

Textile Industrial Revolution Comes to North Carolina


North Carolina

1813 – Michael Schenck /Ab. Warlick – Lincolnton on a tributary of the Catawba River soon thereafter Henry Humphries –A Guilford County friend of the Holts, on a tributary of the Deep River

Alamance County — the Haw River Valley — what a treasure.

Power, recreation, mills, swimming, fishing. Water rights were like gold. Many grist mills and saw mills preceded textiles.

1832­-1838 Trollingers — High Falls ­ today’s Copland Fabrics located in Hopedale, NC

1837 —  Edwin Michael Holt / William Carrigan
Alamance Cotton Factory – Big Alamance Creek

1844 — Granite Falls – Ben Trollinger – Haw River

1747 — Adam Trolinger (spelled with one l) came to Haw River, son Jacob built a grist mill

In 1854 the North Carolina Railroad reached the Haw River connecting Durham to Greensboro.

1858 — Mill sold to E. M. Holt

1862 — sold mill to son, Thomas Holt

1848 Saxapahaw — John Newlin & Sons

1857 — The first factory­dyed yarn south of the Potomac at the Alamance Cotton Factory – plaids now possible!

1868 — Falls Neuse (Virginia) – Swepsonville
Gustave Rosenthal / George Swepson

1869 — Carolina – James H. & E. A. Holt

1878 — Altamahaw –J. Q. Gant & Berry Davidson

1879 — Bellemont –L. Banks Holt & Berry Davidson

1880 — Ossipee – Holt family and Williamson

1880 — Glencoe –James H. & William. E. Holt

Glencoe Cotton Mill was the last water­powered mill built on the Haw River.


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