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Mill Houses of Carrboro
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View some of the historic mill houses that were home to the local mill workers 100 years ago.

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(#30-100 Carr St.)

These plain one-story, one-room-deep houses with triple-A rooflines and rear ells preserve the character of the housing built by Thomas F. Lloyd around 1910 for the laborers in his second mill, later Durham Hosiery Mills Mill No. 7. The decoration of these four houses on Carrboro's "New Hill" is restricted to the diamond attic vents with cut-out pinwheel designs in the gables. All of the houses have center hall plans. A primary interior chimney accomodates a fireplace in one of the front rooms and the northern room in the ell; an exterior flue serves the kitchen, the southern room in the rear ell. Except for the application of asbestos wall shingles and asphalt roofs, the houses remain basically intact on the exterior.

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(#70-101 Lindsay St.)
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Although the one-story bungalow with a gable front and a full-facade recessed porch was very popular in towns and cities across North Carolina from the 1910's through the 1930's, very few examples of the type were built in Carrboro. Here, the bulkiness of the boxy form is emphasized by the deep overhand of the eaves with exposed rafter ends and by the large but simple triangle brackets in the front gable. The most fashionable elements are the box porch posts with recessed panels.

(#14-203 Weaver St.)
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This house was the target of a restorative adaptive re-use by the same businessman who rehabilitated the house next door at 201 Weaver Street. In this case, the house is typical of the smaller, one-room-deep type bilt by Thomas F. Lloyd for the rental to his Alberta Cotton Mill workers. In spite of the decorative front gable in which scalloped sawtooth and split shake shingles are combined, overall the house is ery simply detailed, with plain cornices and exposed rafter ends rather than molded box cornices. Several bands of molding encirlcle the rather squat turned porch posts. The rea ell has been enlarged to a wing across the entire rear elevation.

(#13-201 Weaver St.)

Another house type popular in Carrboro throughout the first quarter of the 20th century is represented by this one-story, two-room-deep house with a tall hipped roof and center hall plan. Each of the two principal rooms on either side of the center hall has a fireplace, and each pair of fireplaces is served by a single interior chimney. The decorative front gable with split shake shingles lends some individuality to the form. Slender turned posts support the hip-roofed front porch. A kitchen ell is attached to the rear of the house. At the time of its construction, behind the house there was a community grove with a barbecue pit and a softball field maintained by the Durham Hosiery Mills. The house was occupied for many years by A.J. Blackwood, who came to Carrboro from Burlington, NC in 1914 to be superintendent inthe No. 4 mill of the Durham Hosiery Mills. Later, the Thrift family lived here. In 1980, the house was rescued from its abandoned and dilapidated condition by a local investor who converted it to offices. This adaptive re-use successfully preserved the integrity of this house.

(#15-205 Weaver St.)

Built by carpenter Thomas Clark in the first decade of this century, this house is typical of one of the varieties of the smallest one-story, one-room-deep houses built for one of the Lloyds as a speculative rental housing for Alberta Cotton Mill laborers. Surviving virtually intact on the exterior, this particular house type exhibits a single, cnetral entrance on the main facade that opens to a foyer from which the two principal rooms may be entered. Separating these rooms, behind the foyer, is a wall containing a central chimney with a fireplace sering each room. Characteristic of other Carrboro mill houses, the porch along the rear ell has been enclosed. When the house was converted to offices in 1981, a restoration of the exterior preserved the patterned pressed tin roof.

(#16-301 Weaver St.)

With the assistance of carpenter Thomas Clark, in 1910 Bennie Ray built this house for his family, in whose possession it remains today. Although modern amenities have been installed over the years, the exterior of the house, one of the few two-story houses erected in Carrboro's early years, has been carefully preserved. Turned posts with decorative sawnwork and spool spandrels support the wraparound porch. The raised seam tin roof, with molded box cornices, returns and frieze boards, appears to be authentic. There is an original one-story kitchen wing at the rear of the house which has been expanded considerably with a shed addition.

For many years, Ray operated a blacksmith shop on Lloyd Street with his brother, Tom, and his son, Atlas. Three other children-Ada, Nancy and Theodore- worked in the cotton mill. In a shop attached to the rear of Ray's blacksmith shop, Coy Bowen made and repaired wooden farm equipment. Bennie Ray was known as a hard worker; when his business declined due to the Depression, he outfitted a wagon and travelled through Orand County seeking business. After his death in 1933, his son, Atlas, continued to operate the shop until mechanized farming put blacksmithing out of business.


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