Textile Heritage Center Museum

131 Church Street
Cooleemee, North Carolina (Davie County, 27014 )
GPS Coordinates: 35.814317,-80.556742
Website: www.textileheritage.org/cooleemee

Tours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm. Free of charge. Group over six, please call for an appointment, (336) 284-6040.

The Textile Heritage Center is the home to a museum that tells the story of a mill town that grew up at the turn of the last century. Using hundreds of original photographs, documents, work tools and maps, it describes what it was like to grow up in a “company town” that felt like “one big family.”

Beginning with the migration of farmers who became a huge construction crew, to early mill work, the residential village, education, worship, the downtown square, medical practice and the mill closing in 1969, every aspect of this folk cultural experience is explored. Tours are guided and free. The Center is also home to a large research archive and offices of Cooleemee Historical Association—all housed in the Historic Zachary-Holt House.

Site History:
Built for James W. Zachary, his wife Lillian and their 12 children in 1923, this handsome brick home replaced the original wood frame Zachary House that was moved one block to make way for this new one. It is located on “Management Row,” a street where the doctor, banker and manager of the J.N. Ledford Company store lived from the 20s onward.

National Register of Historic Places Data: Cooleemee Cotton Mill & Village Historic District, currently submitting nomination.

Contact Name: Lynn Rumley

Contact Phone: (336) 284-6040

Contact Email Address: blinky1@yadtel.net
Directions to Site:
From I-40 take 601 170 “Mocksville – US Hwy 601-South”. Follow signs for Hwy 601 through town (right on Main Street); go __ miles to stoplight at intersection with NC Hwy 801-South. Turn right, Cooleemee
1 mile. Right on Marginal Street (at the school), 4 blocks to left on Church Street. Big brick home inside the fence.
From 1-85– From the South take Exit 75 – “Jake Alexander Blvf” and follow signs for US Hwy 601-North. From Greensboro take Excit 76, through downtown Salisbury, follow Innes Street which will eventually become Hwy 601-North. Take NC Hwy 801-South. 1 mile to Cooleemee.

Related textile heritage collections:
North Carolina Collection – Chapel Hill – Cooleemee Historical Association Univ of Maryland – Frostburg – George Meyers Collection – Cooleemee Historical Association

Related textile heritage institutions:
Cooleemee Historical Association

Individuals related to this site:
J.W. Zachary, T.V. Terrell, E.M. Holt, Dr. A.B. Byerly, J.N. Ledford, Graham Gobble, Mable Head, Claudie & Frances Boger, Lillian Spry, Russell Ridenhour, John Henry Nail, Lillie Bailey, Salllie Spillman, Bernice Owens, Dorie Pierce, Dewhitt Neely

Textile heritage oral histories related to this site:
140 hours of video and audio interviews with Cooleemee mill workers, residents from 1989-1995. Transcripts of a few audio interviews.
Digital versions available.

Textile heritage books related to this site:
Cooleemee: The Life & Times of a Mill Town by Jim Rumley (2001)

A Salute to Our Veterans – 1998 Centennial Edition – Cooleemee Historical Association