The Textile Heritage Museum was founded in 2002 by a group of volunteers who dedicated themselves to the preservation of the history of the southern textile industry. Mr. & Mrs. George and Jerolene (Jerrie) Nall, Sam Powell and Kathy Barry led the restoration efforts of the former company store and offices of the Glencoe Cotton Mill. The goal was to restore the building and create an educational museum, which would share the stories through artifacts to include original textile machinery, fabrics, clothing, canvas and many other textiles used by the United States Military during World War I, World II, and beyond.
On February 16, 1979, the Glencoe Cotton Mill and Mill Village (which included the company store & management offices) was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Glencoe Mill Village Historic District encompasses 48 buildings and 6 contributing structures built between 1880 and 1882. This historic district consists of three distinct significant elements: 1) a manufacturing and commercial complex; 2) a power and water system; and 3) a residential community. The complex includes a three-story Italianate style main mill building, a wheel house, a one-story picker house, , finishing room and napper house, a dye-house, cotton warehouses, storage structures, and a company store and office where employees made their transactions. The power and water system includes a concrete dam across the Historic Haw River, a mill race, and a generating plant. The residential village includes an amazing 41 frame houses, some with detached kitchens and outbuildings, a lodge, and the ruins of the village church.
In 2018, the Alamance County Parks Department joined in a partnership with the museum staff to increase support for the current staff and museum. In the upcoming years we will add special events, educational programming, and new museum exhibits. Thank you for your continued support.