Rock Hill remembers the Arcade Mill with historical markers

adouglas@heraldonline.comOctober 9, 2013 

— In a nod to Rock Hill’s textile history, city officials on Tuesday unveiled historical markers near the former Arcade Mill site.

The markers along the Winston Searles Memorial Trail in the Hagins-Fewell neighborhood commemorate the old mill and the economic contribution it once made to the city.

The 110,000-square-foot mill opened in 1887 to produce cotton broadcloth and gabardine.

A fire destroyed most of the mill in 1996 and the site became an eyesore for nearby residents.

Working with neighbors, the city and the Rock Hill Council of Neighborhoods cleaned up the old mill site and turned the property into a green space, suitable for recreational activities.

In the area surrounding the site, the city has redeveloped land and built affordable, single-family homes.

Nearby, Connelly Development rehabilitated the former Rock Hill Body Co. into an apartment and patio-style housing complex.

The development is known as the Cotton Mill Village.

Two historical markers now sit along the Winston Searles Memorial Trail and a third is on Blackwell Street, with the mill’s old smokestacks visible behind it.

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