For anyone who lives in Cleveland County, the new exhibit at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum is a must! The display entitled "Common Threads" follows a timeline from the Native American textiles to the textile mIlls of the 19th and 20th centuries. The present display is great for historical buffs and an education for all children. Visitors will see photos of the mills that were prominent throughout Kings Mountain and Cleveland County, one of which is the Margrace Mill. It was named after mill founder Charles Eugene Neisler's two eldest daughters, Margaret and Grace. Also on display are Textile mill baseball photos. This sport was very much a part of mill life from the 1870's to 1950's. Other displays include: uniforms from the Margrace Mills, an actual flax wheel from the early 1800's, and a corn sheller and farm planter. These are just a few pieces of the equipment of the times which dominated the county for years. Photos of mill workers and groups don the walls. This exhibit is truly a panorama of what was once an important part of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County. Whether you are a native of the county or a recent arrival, you will find this exhibit most interesting as well as educational. Admission is free and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The current exhibit will be on display now through May 24th. It is located at 100 East Mountain Street and for more information or to schedule a group tour, just call 704-739-1019.
Roger Suttles (on left) with his granddaughter, Haylee and neighbor (on right) Norman Bradley were among the first to visit. Mr. Suttles, who worked in the mills, said the display brought back “a lot of memories”.