Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A cotton mill

We've passed this interesting textile mill in Columbia, South Carolina, several times. Known as Olympia Mills, it has now been converted to apartments with a target market of students from the University of South Carolina. Never having lived in the deep south, I know virtually nothing about the textile industry, but I did find a most interesting report prepared to support the possible inclusion of this mill and its mill village on the National Register of Historic Places.

Blogger Jennyfreckles frequently posts about the Salt Mill in Yorkshire and the model village Sir Titus Salt built to house and provide for the workers there. Since it was a model village, I assume it may not have been typical for British textile mills at the time. It certainly doesn't seem to fit the mold for textile mills in the southern US portrayed in this report. I'll address that tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Well, it certainly makes for interesting apartments anyway.