19 thoughts on “Greenville Mill

  1. Tyke Frost

    Few today can imagine the important role the mill played in Greenville. In my youth, Greenville boasted three hotels, an auto dealership, two drugstores, clothing stores, one shoe store, one hardware store, three grocery stores, three funeral homes, several restaurants and cafe’s, one cobbler shop, three barbershops, one department store, a feed store, one bank, and rail service. They are all gone. Additionally, the mill stabilized taxes and provided “rent to buy” homes to mill workers. Many mothers in Greenville had mill owned machines in their homes where they performed “piece” work. Once the mill closed, Greenville started its long, slow and agonizing death. I fondly remember a beautiful community of tree-lined streets, manicured lawns, stately homes, and a thriving downtown. I wish our federal government had done more to protect our textile and shoe industries.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you for sharing this with me. As I drove through the town, I could sense that it had once been “bigger” but really didn’t have the back story of how big. Sadly, this is the story of many towns I visit here. Thank you again.

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  2. Garfield Hug

    I am glad that the building has been re-purposed to provide a home for the elderly. Old brick buildings are a rarity these days and to have one that is still standing is symbolic of the times it stood for. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Sandra

    This is a beautiful location! A mill repurposed into housing. That’s interesting. I enjoyed Tyke’s insights too. All too common unfortunately. Thank you for this photo/story Chris! You take good care.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sandra. Yes, I thought Tyke’s history of the town was fascinating. It’s sad that those times are gone but as you say, it’s not unusual. You take good care also.

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  4. Sarah

    Impressive building and nice long shot of it, Chris! It’s good to know that the place is still used if somewhat differently than before. I can imagine the apartments are high in demand!

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