Leaksville Woolen Mills Homestead Plant records
Scope and Contents
Material relating to the history of a West Charlotte mill. Includes photocopies of a promotional piece (1900) and a notebook (1919-20) involving construction of mill #2, an historical essay by former executive vice president James P. Wilson, photographs, interviews with former employees, and a letter (1988) by major league baseball player Whitey Lockman describing his youth at Leaksville.
- 1900 - 1988
- Homestead Mill (Charlotte, N.C.) (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The Homestead Mill was the Charlotte plant of the Leaksville Woolen Mills owned by the Morehead family. The Homestead plant was personally supervised by John Lindsay Morehead. One of Morehead's workbooks, containing the mill construction records, indicates that plans for Leaksville Woolen Mills #2 were laid August 1, 1919 in Motley, NC in the township of Paw Creek. The mill made blankets, and carried out the process from start to finish, processing raw wool, weaving, binding and packing the blankets for shipment. Homestead opened for operations in 1920, and it got its popular name (Homestead) from the nearby P & N Railroad stop which the railroad had named "Homestead" for no other reason than the name "sounded good. The mill and village stood on Rozzelle's Ferry Road. An immediately striking aspect of the village was the care that was taken in the planning and the landscaping of the complex, which was designed by landscape architect Earle Sumner Draper. The community was designed to have a village or self-contained atmosphere, which must have made it unique among the other mill complexes of Charlotte. The village was set off the road to the east of the factory, and at one time, 56 three and five room houses stood amid tall oaks and winding roads. Other facilities included a community store, a community building, a boarding house, a scout cabin, a baseball field, and tennis courts.
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Material relating to the history of a West Charlotte mill. Includes photocopies of a promotional piece (1900) and a notebook (1919-20) involving construction of mill #2, an historical essay by former executive vice president James P. Wilson, photographs, interviews with former employees, and a letter (1988) by Major League Baseball player Whitey "Pickle" Lockman describing his youth at Leaksville. Lockman played for the New York Giants.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Paula Stathakis, 1989.
See oral histories for interviews with Houston and Blannie E. Cline, and with Virginia Oates. were located by T.Wright 10/2018.
Processed by Randy Penninger, June, 1992.
- Leaksville Woolen Mills (Homestead Plant) records
- Randy Penninger
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