Most employees living in the Loray Mill Village in the early 1920s moved there from the mountains west of Gastonia. Others came from rural communities elsewhere in North Carolina, as well as Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. While some made a career of hopping from mill to mill in search of better pay and living conditions, others only came to town for a short while to make money and return home to farming. Many of them arrived as families; others built families during their time in the village. Here are some of their stories.
Thanks to the students of AMST 850: Graduate Practicum in Digital Humanities (Fall 2014, UNC-Chapel Hill) for researching and writing drafts for many of these narratives:
Charlotte Fryar, Jessica Martell, Adam McCune, Ashley Peles, & Alicia Rivero.