Textile Factory - Richmond Mill, Richmond Manufacturing Co., Rockingham
Built: Rockingham, NC
Owners: Initial owners and backers were John W. Leake & Crawfords
Specifications: Four-story brick building positioned on a Falling
a 20 to 24-foot fall. The building was 84-feet long and 47-feet wide. The water wheel was 22-feet in diameter. Machinery in the
factory was built by Rogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor (Paterson, NJ). The annual value of
goods produced in 1839 (with 1,000 spindles in operation) was $10,000. By 1840,
the mill had received 2,200 spindles and 20 looms, of which 1,200 spindles were
in operation as of February 1840. There were 35 employees.
Notes: Chartered in 1828, construction began in 1833 and the mill was
completed in 1838. There were two dams above the mill which provided for a saw
and grist mill.
In 1840, the president was Walter F. Leak and three directors: R.
J. Steele, William Powell and John P. Leake. A Mr. Spears was the
Superintendent, who had previous experience in operating northern cotton mills.
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