Near Burlington in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Living in a Mill-Centered World
Church provided an important spiritual outlet for the mill village community. However, management held influence over the church, providing money and encouraging pastors to promote values beneficial to the mill such as encouraging good work ethics and discouraging alcohol consumption. Even though owners encouraged attendance at the mill churches, some employees sought out other places of worship to avoid these pressures.
It’s just in the Bible that people is supposed to make their living by the sweat of their brow. They preached that.
Mary Thompson, draw in hand in a North Carolina mill
Initially, company stores were a place for mill workers to purchase groceries and needed goods without having to travel into neighboring towns. However, providing a store also ensured that workers’ money would continue to come back into the mill. If mill workers were in debt to the store, they were less likely to leave the village for other work. By 1920, however, many companies stopped operating these stores. With increasing financial security for the mills, it was no longer necessary to restrict workers from spending outside the mill village. Many mill owners came to recognize that keeping workers in debt alienated them more than it ensured their loyalty.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Location. 36° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington NC 27215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Neighbors Divided (here, next to this marker); The Rise of the Textile Mill Communities (here, next to this marker); Cotton Dust and Poverty (here, next to this marker); A Legacy of Community (a few steps from this marker); After the Whistle Blows (a few steps from this marker); Working the Shift (within shouting distance of this marker); Calling the Mill Village 'Home' (within shouting distance of this marker); Women in the Mill Village (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Additional keywords. Alamance Cotton Mill, Glencoe, Fabric, Textiles, Company Shops, Holt
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 781 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.