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past, present, and

future of the queen city's original live-work-play district.

The Mill District is a collective area and effort to bring awareness and identity to the neighborhoods, the history, and the people who are responsible for Charlotte’s first major population boom–more than 100 years ago.

Comprised of Belmont, Optimist Park, NoDa, and Villa Heights, the Mill District gets its name from the seven intact mills in the area, all of which are still in use today thanks to adaptive reuse. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the mills put Charlotte on the map. Our hope is to continue that mission of innovation and growth for the benefit of the people who live and work in the district through awareness, education, and celebration.  




Originally known as Highland Park Gingham Mill, this mill opened as Charlotte’s fifth textile producer in 1892. 

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