The Linden Cotton Mill has gone through multiple renovations and owners over the years. But it still stands as the first and oldest mill in the town of Davidson. Many of the bricks were built on site with local clay. By 1923, the old cotton mill was closed and converted into a warehouse. Eventually, it passed into the hands of a new owner in the early 1930s, the Carolina Asbestos Company….

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Photo by Tony Rich

After the asbestos mill closed, it served as a warehouse for many years. It is still considered an “Important Historic Landmark in West Davidson” according to the town’s website.

While the Town of Davidson is known primarily as a college town, its current character has been shaped by the presence of diverse communities and their interactions over time. Davidson College and the Town could not have survived without the service of African-American community members and the economic boost of mills and mill workers. These communities have contributed to the business life, architecture, and social and cultural aspects of the Town as it is known today.
Excerpt from Local History document

The mill is a historic staple in our local community. It is an image of a time and place that brought life and work to Davidson. The building and the people who have lived around the mill have stories to tell. It has now become a place of community and thriving, new local business.

It is a part of our “small town character.”

As Davidson residents, we tend to be proud of our small town character. We also hold to the importance of our “history and setting guid[ing] our future.” The Linden Mill gives historical value to our town. Unfortunately, that value is being threatened.

Davidson’s traditional character is that of a small town…
One of Davidson’s core values

What does “small town character” mean to Davidson?

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A 4 story, 180-unit apartment building.

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A historic landmark in a historic town.

Our goal is to draw attention to the proposed plans to tear down the Linden Mill and replace it with a 4 story, 180-unit apartment complex in a neighborhood of residential homes.

While doing this, a secondary concern to the surrounding homes is that the construction will contaminate the air with asbestos, exposing our families and children.

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