ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (September 11, 2019) — The Taylorsville Milling Company Roller Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior on August 27, 2019. The Taylorsville Milling Company Roller Mill represents the second historic property in Alexander County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lucas Mansion was the first historic Alexander County property to be listed on the National Register on July 9, 1981. The Lucas Mansion is located in Hiddenite.
The Taylorsville Milling Company Roller Mill represents the distinctive characteristics of an industrial roller mill constructed in 1902. Located on the southwest corner of Second Avenue NE and Linney’s Mountain Road in Taylorsville, the roller mill’s proximity to downtown and the railroad was optimal as the business profited from high visibility and convenient access. The Taylorsville Milling Company Roller Mill is particularly significant as wheat and corn processing facilities, once an essential component of Alexander County’s agriculture-driven economy, are now exceedingly rare. The 1902 building appears to be the oldest extant resource of its kind in Taylorsville and the vicinity. The Taylorsville Milling Company soon became the county’s largest enterprise of its type, generating approximately 15,650 barrels of flour and an equal number of meal bushels by 1904.
The property became A & M Feed Service, Inc. in March 1953 and continued operating as a mill until October 1961. The property was then vacated and used as a warehouse facility until 2007 when it was opened as an antique store.
A & M Feed Service, LLC acquired the roller mill in December 2018. The new owners, Robert Campbell and Byron Long, took action to have the property placed on the National Register of Historic Places. They plan to rehabilitate the building to serve as a restaurant.
“We are excited about preserving the historic roller mill in Taylorsville,” said Robert Campbell. “According to history, ‘many customers visited the mill while it was in operation, and gathering in the parking area while waiting for wheat and corn to be processed was a popular social activity.’ We plan to offer customers equally popular social activities in our future restaurant in the historic roller mill.”
The recently appointed Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee is proud of the preparations made by A & M Feed Service, LLC to list the property on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Alexander County understands the importance of preserving our historic resources,” said Historic Preservation Committee Chairperson Larry Yoder. “The Historic Preservation Committee plans to work closely with Alexander County property owners to conserve the historic treasures found throughout our county.”
The Historic Preservation Committee is thrilled to work with A & M Feed Service, LLC through the rehabilitation of the historic Taylorsville Milling Company Roller Mill.