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Abandoned Mill Village


This is a sequel to my post: Cemetery in a Christmas Tree Farm

After my friends and I visited their family’s long lost graveyard, one of them had the idea of exploring an old abandoned village that had been used to film parts of the Hunger Games movies. It wasn’t far from the Christmas Tree Farm, and we were in an exploring mood so we went for it.


I imagined the village being tucked way back into the woods, maybe down a dirt road and hard to find. But in reality it was just a few minutes off the interstate, and on either side of a busy road!

This plot of land is called the Henry River Mill Village, and was an industrial textile manufacturing operation from the early 1900s to the 1970s. The mill workers lived in the 35 homes that made up this little village, but when the mill closed down and the workers left, the homes became abandoned and forgotten.

The little mill houses have certainly degraded over the many years spent abandoned, and most of them are full of graffiti and trash. But this mill town still seems to have quite a bit of character, with the winding pathways, rolling hills and overgrown brush that wrap around the homes.

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This entire town is actually for sale!  I’ll be interested to see what becomes of this little place in the future. I’d definitely love to return to it again someday.

17 thoughts on “Abandoned Mill Village

  1. Informative & interesting! Was it spooky?

    1. It wasn’t too spooky, I wanted to see a ghost!

  2. Neat! I love seeing the contrast of abandoned buildings against lush greenery. It looks like it could be part of the Walking Dead background too…

    1. It definitely had an apocalyptic vibe!

  3. Oh, neat!! I love stumbling across old buildings. Could be a neat place for a photoshoot someday…:)

  4. This is so cool! I’ve got a real thing for ghost towns and abandoned places and buildings, there’s just something about them! You got some amazing shots here Sarah, I especially love the fifth one down, it’s got a real atmospheric feel to it. – Tasha

    1. Thanks! 🙂 I really love exploring abandoned places. This was my first time seeing an entire abandoned village!

      1. It’s so cool!

  5. Wow, thats crazy. An entire village for sale!? You could like make soooo many cool projects out of it, right!? Looks somehow creepy and somehow beautiful 🙂
    Rosa Larissa Klara
    conscious lifestyle of mine

    1. I know! I hope something interesting ends up happening with it.

  6. Wow, I wish someone with loads of money and good taste purchases it and restores it!

    Have a great day,
    Almost Stylish

  7. So cool! And kinda spooky. I wonder what will happen once it gets sold.


    1. Me too. I am definitely keeping my eye on it.

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