French Mill Village: North Carolina Edition

Are you interested in mill villages? They can be fascinating places to explore today, often featuring unique architectural styles.

Many a mill village in early 20th century America also featured themes of the Garden City movement: parks, green spaces, and curving streets to break up the “monotony” of the mill village and mill life. This new architectural approach was intended to lift the spirits of mill workers — to create “happy (therefore, productive) workers.”

Join Chumley, on location, to take a look at one of the most unique mill villages to be found. It’s a French-designed village . . . but it’s not in France. Watch this week’s video to learn more about the origins of Badin, North Carolina — perched on the banks of the Yadkin River in the Carolina Piedmont.