Textile Mill & Village Tour: Second Wave
The textile industry is the most significant aspect of Greenville’s history. It employed 1 out of every 3 people here for many years and had world-wide reach and importance. This driving tour takes you to one of the early mills (Mills Mfg.) and four of the mills built up between 1910-1930 during the “second wave” of mill building and expansions that laid the groundwork for the creation of a “Textile Empire”. Guests will learn in-depth about the mill leaders, workers, buildings, what village life was like, what the mills produced, why they closed, and what is going on there now. You’ll see 100s of historic photos on a screen that dramatically illustrate the themes discussed. You will also have a chance to actually touch and hold vintage artifacts from this era. A special surprise is the connection one of these mills has with a world-famous work of art…a piece of which you’ll get to see in person! Enjoy a fun and educational tour that gives you great insights to this important aspect of Greenville’s past and present success.
In addition to the mills, we will also tour and learn about the E.W. Montgomery Cotton Warehouses and the 1877 William Wilkins House on Mills Ave.
Enjoy a fun and educational tour that gives you great insights to this important aspect of Greenville’s past and present success. Whether you grew up in a mill village or are new to living in one of the restored mills now, you’ll feel a great sense of nostalgia about how this industry was the way of life for millions of workers who once helped make Greenville the “Textile Center of the World.”
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