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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Alice P. Evitt, July 18, 1979. Interview H-0162. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Layout of mill villages has no real plan

Mill owners allocated separate housing for carders and spinners, Evitt remembers, but there was no particular layout for the houses themselves.

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Oral History Interview with Alice P. Evitt, July 18, 1979. Interview H-0162. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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JIM LELOUDIS:
How did you go about getting a house in the mill village?
ALICE P. EVITT:
They had houses for the spinnin' room and houses for the card room. I come and got my husband and me a job in the card room, and he didn't have a card room house. I said, "I'll get me a job in the spinnin' room and get me a spinnin' room house. Then he can work in the card room, and I'll work in the spinnin' room." Before I had time to get it, the card room boss stopped me and said, "Don't you get no job in the spinnin' room. We got one open now." It was the last house down on that road in front of here. So I didn't have to go to the spinnin' room.
JIM LELOUDIS:
Were they located in different places within the village?
ALICE P. EVITT:
Yes. The card room had some on this row, and the spinnin' room had them on the front row.
JIM LELOUDIS:
Was there any difference in the houses?
ALICE P. EVITT:
No, they all just alike. But the card room had so many, and the spinnin' room had so many, and the weave room had so many.
JIM LELOUDIS:
All the carders would live in one place, and all the weavers would live in one area?
ALICE P. EVITT:
No, they just mixed up.
JIM LELOUDIS:
There were just so many houses alloted to each.
ALICE P. EVITT:
Yes, so many houses to each room, and they just had them scattered around. I lived in this end house up here. It was a card room house. This one next to it, it belonged to the weave room. Weave room people lived in it. They wasn't just in one bunch. They's just scattered and mixed 'em all up.