04/08/09 160 W, 1 I - + 5 - 20 Remembering Mill Hill

On a Saturday afternoon in March, 1985, two houses in the 1100 block of Harp Street burned for about three and half hours. The structures, at 1102 and 1104 Harp Street, were a total loss. They were also the last two houses in the community called Mill Hill. One was being demolished, and the other was due. Until the prior summer, Mill Hill comprised 84 buildings on 13 acres behind Peace College. Most of the structures dated to the 1890s, and were homes for workers at Pilot Mills on Haynes Street. The mill closed in 1982, and the buildings were demolished within a couple years. Here’s a nifty page of history about the area. It includes a Sanborn Insurance Map except, shown below, erroneously labeled as a Sanford map. Maybe they were thinking of the old Redd Foxx sitcom. That old, fish-eyed fool. Here's a modern aerial view. Looks a lot like the original site! Source: Raleigh Times, March 18, 1985.

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