Now being converted into a vibrant loft-style apartment complex, Greenville’s Woodside Mill was once the largest textile mill under one roof in the world. The mill expanded quickly after its construction in 1902, eventually housing 230,000 spindles and 4,700 looms. By 1920, the Woodside Cotton Mill was so efficient it could produce 275 miles of cotton cloth in only one day. The Woodside Cotton Mill Village eventually became a historic district, serving as a nearly untouched example of an early twentieth century urban mill village.
One hundred years after its heyday, the mill will buzz again as The Lofts at Woodside Mill. It remains the largest building in the community, rising high above the 300-some buildings in the old village sprawl.—Maddie De Pree
Photograph provided by the Greenville Historical Society.