Progress on the Dye House at Glencoe


Lately, Thursdays have meant a weekly visit to our latest preservation project out at Glencoe—The Dye House.  This building has been through the ringer.  When I first visited it, I was told that it had been slated for demo by a previous developer, and I could understand why.  Some sections of wall had completely collapsed, and there were other sections that looked like they could go at any minute.

Dye House before repairDye House before repairDye House, overgrownDye House collapsed wall

When you head into a project like this, it’s best to focus on the building’s strengths instead of getting overwhelmed by anxiety about its weaknesses.   And, truly, it has many strengths–high timber ceilings, tremendous open space, large windows, masonry walls, and a back courtyard area that overlooks the mill race.  I’ve seen herons, beavers, turtles, and even a prothonotary warbler in my visits out there, and the sight of the flowing water never fails to soothe.  Now when we visit, we…

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Glencoe Artist Featured in Burlington Magazine


Recycled Folks

One of our Glencoe Mill friends, Ann Hobgood, was recently featured in a spread in the new local publicationBurlington Magazine!  Ann is a found object artist who creates “Recycled Folks” – sculptures fashioned from odds and ends from her studio located at the historic Glencoe Mill Village.  She started making art in 2006 and has incorporated objects found in her yard and the surrounding area into several unique pieces. Check out her spread on page 20 in the Burlington Magazine to learn more about her work.

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Model Outdoor Learning Environment coming to Glencoe Mill Village


When one hears a phrase like “Model Outdoor Learning Environment” many images spring to mind.  To some it might sound like a glorified playground, while to others it seems a nice place to encourage youngster to become more active and appreciate the great outdoors. Lots 40 and 41 at Glencoe Mill Village will soon be home to a Model Outdoor Learning Environment, giving the community an opportunity to discover firsthand the multi-faceted benefits of a classroom without walls.


The Glencoe Mill Village Outdoor Learning Environment (“OLE”) is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Alamance Partnership for Children. NC State University’s Natural Learning Initiative has designed the innovative space, while Living Landscapes will transform scrub brush into a unique recreation area.  The City of Burlington is enthusiastic in its support. 


Once completed, the OLE will be open to everyone, but is specifically designed for children ages 0 – 5.  Its age appropriate features will integrate all the benefits of outdoor play with learning opportunities that cannot be experienced in a traditional classroom or daycare center.  There will be an heirloom garden, a sensory garden, an adventure path, a log bridge, and much more.  Stayed tuned for updates on the installation of Glencoe Mill Village’s OLE!


Meet the Author Event at Glencoe Studios


Glencoe Studios is proud to host a very special event on Sunday, April 7, 2013.  Author and avid hiker Danny Bernstein will be on hand to speak about her most recent book, The Mountains-To-Sea Trail Across North Carolina. Danny will have copies of her book available for purchase and personalized signing. 

Danny’s book chronicles her trek and the people she met along the way as she traversed the Mountains-To-Sea Trail (“MST”), which stretches some 1,000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park along the Outer Banks.  The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stops at many of North Carolina’s most beautiful places along the way. 

 At the signing, Danny will share a slide show presentation that highlights the most spectacular, historic, and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape that she encountered.   Here’s a preview of what you can expect to hear:

“Walking the backroads in the Piedmont was fascinating.  In fact, walking the road on the MST (Piedmont and Coastal Plains) is what makes the trail different from most other hiking experiences.  I love talking to people.  How could I have met Lynn, Debra of Emily’s Cookies, and countless others if the trail had been all between two sets of trees?  I’ve completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in the Smokies and many other hiking challenges and the MST is on par with all these experiences.  It’s just different.  The trail is finished; it’s just not all on footpaths.”

 Glencoe Studios will open at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 7, 2013; we will welcome Danny at 2:00 PM.  Glencoe Studios is located in the old machine shop at Glencoe Mill Village, 2320 River Road, Burlington, NC.  Make plans to stop by to meet the author, and learn a little something new about our great state!    


NC Now segment on Glencoe Mill Village

Alamance County - Glencoe Mill Village Street - Before Alamance County - Glencoe Mill Village Street 4 - After

About a month ago, NC Now, the UNC-TV program, filmed a segment on the Glencoe Mill village:

The bit about Glencoe starts at 14:35, if you want to cut straight to it.  The segment emphasizes how far the village rehabilitation has come since it was first started by PNC and the adventurous homeowners.  I’ve heard many stories from residents, and the visuals are a powerful reminder of what was.  It was also fun to see our friend, Lynn Pownell, in her new studio too!

Photographers out at Glencoe Mill


Textile Heritage Museum at Glencoe

Glencoe is often photographed, and I’ve seen both professional and amateur photographs of the mill that have knocked my socks off.  (The photo above is by Rafe Martin and shows the Textile Heritage Museum in the village.)  It’s always fun to see Glencoe from different perspectives, and the photos serve to introduce us to the work of wonderfully talented photographers too.   Here are a couple of my latest favorites:

Lane Watson:  View of the Dye House at Glencoe Mill

View of the Mill Race at Glencoe Mill Village by Rafe Martin

Rafe Martin: View of the Mill Race at Glencoe Mill Village

The Napper House at Glencoe Mill by Monique de Latour

Monique de Latour:  View of the Napper House at Glencoe Mill

Glencoe Mill Street by Dan RouthDan Routh: View up Glencoe Street

Do you know of other photographers who have shot scenes at Glencoe?  We’d love to hear!

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Glencoe Mill welcomes Glencoe Studios as new tenant

We welcome Glencoe Studios, LLC to the Machine Shop at Glencoe Mill!  Glencoe Studios was started by weaver and Glencoe Village resident, Lynn Pownell.  Lynn saw the potential for artists in the Machine Shop and developed a plan to offer studio spaces to artists along with a rentable classroom and meeting space.  The Machine Shop is one of the more prominent buildings on the Glencoe Mill campus, sitting apart from the others at the intersection of Glencoe Street and River Road.  In fact, it is one of the first buildings you see as you drive into the village.

This building has come a long way since Hedgehog Holdings first purchased it, and when I visited during the 2012 Alamance Studio Tour, I was struck by the transformation.  The first time I entered the building, it was full of leftover treasures/junk (depending on your point of view).  To get up to the second floor, our group climbed a staircase that was less than two feet wide.  It seemed prudent to have only one person on the stairs at a time.  The second floor was a maze of dark wood shelving, bins, and tables which were full of loose papers, metal scraps, wooden bits, cardboard pieces, machine parts, and miscellaneous mill detritus.  Daunting, but exciting nonetheless.

We cleaned out the building, brought in power, heating and cooling, and plumbing.  We built walls, repaired windows, and refinished floors.  The new stairs are positively spacious compared to the old ones.  I thought I knew the extent to which this building has been transformed.  I was wrong.  Lynn and fellow artists, Sharon Daggers and Joyce Sandoval, installed furniture and art pieces to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that shows off the very best parts of the Machine Shop.  Art and old buildings—the combination is a natural.

We are thrilled to have more creative energy out at Glencoe Mill.  As Glencoe Studios gets up and running, it will be worth a visit.  And if you are looking for a unique location to hold a class, gathering, or meeting, the Machine Shop is a new and exciting option in Burlington.