For many years, the textile industry was a major mainstay in the North Carolina economy. Henry River Mill, near I40 between Hickory and Morganton, was one of them and housing for the employees was provided by the company. Two of the abandoned houses are shown here. There are several more clustered together here as well as an old two story general store. When the mill and village were built (c. 1905) there were 35 of these houses. About 21 are still there. The mill manufactured fine cotton yarn. Originally the power to operate it came from the river, then it converted to steam, and later to electricity. THe mill closed in the late 1960s.
It is an interesting place to see and though there are NO Trespassing signs all around, one can still see most from the road. For me, it is sort of spooky and sad to see as it represents a cultural and economic history that has been lost. forever.
The village was used as the setting for District 12 in the filming of the movie, The Hunger Games.