UNC initiative seeks to preserve history of Rocky Mount Mills in face of redevelopment

By Mitra Norowzi

In its 200th year, the once-abandoned Rocky Mount Mills is set to reopen as a mixed-use campus featuring luxury apartments, restaurants, tiny homes and breweries at the end of 2018. (Mitra Norowzi/Carolina Connection)

Like many other industrial sites in North Carolina, Rocky Mount Mills was once the center of its community. But as the state’s textile industry declined, the mill closed and hundreds of jobs were lost.

The once-abandoned mill is set reopen at the end of the year as a mixed-use residential and commercial space. As its developer, Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Company moves forward with construction, UNC’s Community Histories Workshop is looking back to preserve the mill’s history.

Mitra Norowzi reports.

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