Margrace Mill Village

Cloninger St. Fulton Drive, Ark St., Water Oak Street, and Margrace Street –
Kings Mountain, North Carolina (Cleveland County – 28086)
GPS Coordinates: 35 degrees 1328.68′ N 81 degrees
2144.04′ W

Tours:  Self-guided windshield tours

Site Description:
Good example of a mill village with private homeowner ownership that is well preserved and mainteained. 55 mill village houses located on typical large lots (large enough for family gardens) plus a company store building and the village clubhoue. Today (2007) 21 houses and the former clubhouse are owner occupied and 25 are rental houses. 10 of the rental houses are owned by a village resident. National Register of Historic Places – 2009 – Windshiled Tour.

Site History:
Margrace was constructed in 1919 and ended production in 1956. The mill and village were built by Mr. C. E. Neisler, a Cleveland County, NC textile pioneer. The mill and village were named by combining the names of his two oldest dauthers (Margaret and Grace). The houses were sold in the fall of 1956 and all were purchased by their occupants at the time.

National Register of Historic Places:
The historic district contains 55 individual houses (bungalow, craftsman), the former company store, and the former clubhouse. with typical large lots http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/CL0350.pdf

Directions:
[Approx. 3 miles < 5 minutes from I-85]
Margrace Mill Village is located very near the NC/SC state line. On I–85 (North or South) Exit at Exit 5 (Dixon School Road). If going North you turn left at the bottom of the exit onto Dixon School Road, if you are going South you turn right onto Dixon School Road at the bottom of the exit. Go approximately 1 mile and at the junction with NC 216 turn right toward downtown Kings Mountain. NC Hwy 216 parallels the railroad tracks and you can turn left over the tracks at any crossover along this road and Margrace Road parallels on the other side of the tracks. Alternately you can proceed approximately 1.7 miles to the intersection of NC 216 and Margrace Road. If you cross the tracks earlier you turn right onto Margrace Road to get to Cloninger Street and the village on your left or, if you went all the way to the intersection of NC 216 and Margrace you turn left onto Margrace and back across the railroad tracks and the village will be on your right.

Textile heritage collections related to your site:
http://www.hpo.ncder.gov/nr/CL0350.pdf

Textile heritage institutions related to your site:
Margrace Mill

Textile heritage individuals related to your site:
Margrace Mill – built by Mr. C. E. Neisler – 1919

Contact:   Stephanie Walsh
Phone: 704.739.1019
Email: director@kingsmountainmuseum.org