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
Although some mill owners built schools and paid the teachers, attendance was not mandatory. In the village, getting an education was rarely as important as holding a job. Parents or
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.
Location. 36° 8.303′ N, 79° 25.669′ W. Marker is near Burlington, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is on Glencoe Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Glencoe Village is 3 miles north of Burlington, NC from NC Highway 62. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington NC 27215, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 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.
Also see . . .
1. Glencoe Research Forum. This website provides information on historic Glencoe Mill and the restored mill village. (Submitted on July 20, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.)
2. Glencoe Textile Heritage Museum. (Submitted on July 20, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.)
Additional keywords. Alamance Cotton Mill, Glencoe, Fabric, Textiles, Company Shops, Holt
Categories. • 20th Century • Industry & Commerce • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 678 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.