This past weekend we were at a family reunion. We had a little spare time so we went exploring. Here is what we found.
http://www.textileheritagemuseum.org/ If you are ever in the area stop by and see all the wonderful things they have on display there. They are only open on the weekends, though. They are only minutes away from Burlington, NC. We were greeted by a wonderfully knowledgible woman and two museum cats.
This isn't just a one building museum. This is a whole village! Here are some of the homes there. I wouldn't mind living in one of them! This is a textile mill town. The homes were built for the mill workers and rented to them for a low fee.
Inside the museum we found some weaving looms.
This dobby loom has 16 harnesses and a single fly box
This is a small Structo loom.
This mill made cotton and flannel cloth. Here are some samples. I forgot to ask how old the samples were but the boxes they were in looked very old.
There was a machine there that punched the holes in the cards for the Jacquard looms. Sometimes, the chads were left hanging and someone would have to come along with a special punch and punch them out. Seems like hanging chads have been around for a long while!
Lastly, I will leave you with a picture of the mill. It is located on the Haw River. I really enjoyed my time there and could have stayed longer!