Glen Royal Mill Village

Wake Forest, North Carolina                                                  (Wake County – 27587)
GPS Coordinates: 35 degrees 5920′ N 78degrees 3010′ W

The Glen Royal mill village includes the mill building (redeveloped as apartments) and many of the original mill village homes. The original 75 houses were all hip-roofed while later houses also included a cross-gable style. The mill village was originally its own town.
Directions: Royal borders Wake Forest at North Main Street, East Cedar Avenue, the railroad tracks, and the company property line (across the river near the mill building). There is a commissary (company store) two-story brick building near the geographic center of the village. In the old days, the company store’s policy was that a worker could go into debt up to the value of one week’s pay. The mill village was forcibly annexed into the Town of Wake Forest in September of 1977. Due to the efforts of the Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission the village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 27, 1999.

Site History:
Mill and village built in 1899. Mill architect was C.R. Makepeace. Mill houses built by Benjamin Thomas Hicks. Originally a stand-alone mill town.

Directions from I-85: take exit….

Contact: Mr. Ed Morris

Phone: 919.556.2911


Other Contacts:
Durward Matheny