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Owner & Operator

Nicole Clayton

The Cloth Mill at Eno River is the newest business adventure from Nicole Clayton, owner of On the Rocks Bartending. Photograph by Stephen Thrift Photography

The Cloth Mill at Eno River is the newest business adventure from Nicole Clayton, owner of On the Rocks Bartending.

Photograph by Stephen Thrift Photography

CELEBRATING ALL THE SWEET MOMENTS IN LIFE

 Since 2015

The Cloth Mill at Eno River is the Triangle's newest unique, urban wedding & event venue located in the historic Eno River Mill campus in downtown Hillsborough, NC. With its exposed brick walls, massive windows, high ceilings, original wood beams and columns, and extraordinary courtyard, it is the perfect location for your next celebration. The Cloth Mill can accommodate seated receptions up to 500 people and standing receptions up to 1000 people indoors with additional courtyard seating. 

history of the mill

The Eno Cotton Mill, view north; early 20th century

The Eno Cotton Mill, view north; early 20th century

Construction of the Eno Cotton Mill began in 1896, west of Hillsborough on the Eno River. The river initially provided the power and the railroad provided both the means of delivering raw cotton to the mill and the yarn or cloth products to customers. Machinery was installed and the mill started operating in late 1897 as a 10,000 spindle yarn mill.

After 1929, the major products of the mill were broadcloth, shirting and corduroy. During World War II, production was shifted to produce the heavier cloth needed by the Army. 

On January 1, 1952 the Eno Mill (subsidiary) became part of Cone Mills, Incorporated, of Greensboro. 

The mill was substantially renovated and expanded in the mid-1950s. The Eno Mill closed in 1984.

Historic reference courtesy of the Orange County Historic Museum, "The Eno Cotton Mill," http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orangecountync/places/cotton_mills/cnr.html

 

 

 

 
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The Cloth Mill at Eno River on Borrowed & Blue