My friends Jerry Pope and Rebecca Williams are making a film about the Beacon Blanket factory in Swannanoa, and the lives of the people who worked there.
See more information HERE.
This is the factory as seen in the 30's.
Across the field (below) you can see small houses in the distance like those around factories in many NC towns. Why houses around a field? The Beacon Blanket Factory used to be here (one million square feet on four stories). It was shut down in 2002 and burned down in 2003. The property has been cleared of most of the debris and is for sale.
I hope you are as interested in history as I am.
I will be sending this post as a link for Sepia Saturday, which shows people's pictures from their archives. This week's topic is monuments and old structures, and I'm pretty sure the Beacon Factory would qualify.
|Former site of the Beacon Blanket factory.|
And from Jerry and Rebecca's site I saw a fireman's video of the fire, which shows the extent of it's impact upon this community.