Carolinas Textile Exhibit: The Ties that Bind

Beginning in the 1870s and 1880s, the Carolina Piedmont started to build and operate textile mills.

The development would have profound impact on the region's economy and social development. By the 1920s, Gaston County had become the center of the U.S. textile business. 

The permanent Carolinas Textile Exhibit: The Ties That Bind, presents the history of the people and businesses that created the economic engine of the 20th Century for this region.

Using video interviews and rare artifacts -- including one of Thomas A. Edison's original electric generators (used at the McAdenville Mill -- now part of Pharr Yarns) – the story of textile history in Gaston County is revealed through its technology revolution, community development and economic impact.



African-Americans Picking Cotton

Lewis Hine Photo - Child Labor

Gaston County Textile Mill Carding Room
Lewis Hine Photo - girl in Gaston County Textile Mill


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