Last weekend I took one of my favorite shortcuts, a tiny road that passes through a former mill village. Neptune Twine and Cord was a major cotton twine (and cord, there is a difference, didn’t you see Mouse Hunt?) manufacturer in the 1800’s; they started out making yarn and later made twine and cord instead. This was the only mill around that didn’t sell at the start of the Civil War, and operations ran mostly-successfully even during the Depression thanks to the fishing industry. For the (surprisingly colorful) saga you can hop here. Today, the remaining buildings sit empty. I believe the "village" was last opened briefly in 1988 and has not been open to the public since.
I strolled around freely – there are “no trespassing” signs all over so I didn’t go within any of the gated areas - but I did stand right next to some of the fences to take photos. It was a gorgeous spring day and I was thrilled to do some limited exploring. I believe this may be the "fountain" that was put up to commemorate the site of Building #1.
I could go all-out and research the full history and current ownership and all that, but I kind of enjoy leaving a tiny bit of mystery. Stop on by, just take the Johnsonville Road - watch the turn, it's a bit tricky.