Great Falls Mill is just off the road at 307 W Broad Avenue in Rockingham, North Carolina.
The Great Falls Mill was built on the site of the former ‘Richmond Mill’ in 1869. The former mill had begun in 1833 but was burned down during the Civil War in 1865. The mill flourished for a time until the Great Depression of 1929. After this the mill ceased production and was used only for storage of cotton. At this time the mill had multiple buildings on site including a dye house, 6 warehouses, a five story main building and 2 offices. Left without use were 42 spinning frames and 205 looms. The mill continued to be used for storage until 1972 when the structure caught fire and most of the interiors were burnt which left only a facade. To this day the grounds are littered with old bits of machinery and burned thick wooden beams.
The mill has been put on the National Register of Historic Places.
The band “Hootie & the Blowfish” filmed the music video for the song “Old Man & Me” at the Great Falls Mill ruin in 1996.
All images used with permission by Tenderpoison24 / Flickr.
Where is the abandoned Great Falls Mill located? You can find it with these coordinates. 34.938103,-79.782565.