Old Tultex Mill being torn down


The old Tultex/Washington mill employed as much as half the town in its more than 100-year history. (WGHP)

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MAYODAN, N.C. — Mayodan residents will have to wait a little longer to learn what a Charlotte developer plans to do on the property of the old Tultex mill.

Workers are slowly deconstructing the mill, and things like flooring and copper pipes are being recycled.

The Maydoan town manager has contacted the developer in regards to his plans, but he didn’t want to discuss them at a meeting on Monday without the developer present.

However, the developer didn’t show up at the meeting.

“I feel like we’re moving forward with demolishing the most historically significant property in Mayodan, of which this town was built around. I mean, we’re a small, southern cotton mill town. That what we are,” said Norma Osteen, resident.

“I think it would have been nice if somebody had taken the time to keep it up and keep it to where it was still a historical thing, but since it’s so run down now, that’s what’s causing the problem. It’s gone too far to be brought back,” said Jesse Hopper, resident.

The mill, known for decades as the Washington Mills, opened in 1896 and closed in 1999. At its peak in the 1950s, the mill employed 1,500 workers when the town’s total popularion was 3,000.

For an in-depth historical account, go to the Washington Mills Collection at James Library at Rockingham Community College.

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