Heart & Soles

The unsung heroes of our wardrobes and our history, socks — and the hosiery mills that make them represent a way of life that once knit together generations of North Carolinians.

NC Icons: Textiles

In the 19th and 20th centuries, hundreds of textile mills — which produced everything from socks to blue jeans — supported a booming industry that created entire communities, turned North Carolina into a manufacturing powerhouse, and helped to weave the very fabric of our state.

Belmont

In its textiles and deeply religious college, it is a town connected to the past. In its trendy downtown and new commuter resident base, it is clearly ready for the future.