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.

   Including 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.


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