Building a Community
Despite long hours and the questionable ethics of the working situation, life went on for the villagers at Avalon. Avalon was home, where family and friends shared joyful moments and stood strong through the hardships. Although the housing was company-owned, the villagers took pride in landscaping their yards. Some put up fences and planted shrubs, roses, weigela, and morning glories.1 Most of the homes had garden plots. Cabbage was a popular crop and was made into sauerkraut.2 Mary Belle Carter, who ran the hotel, had a "kraut cutter" which made its rounds through the village.2 Some families raised pigs and chickens, while a few of the more affluent families had their own cows.1 Although the Village of Avalon was never incorporated into a town, the village overflowed with spirit and ingenuity which arose from people working together toward common causes.
- 1. Foushee, Ola Maie, Avalon: A North Carolina Town of Joy and Tragedy (Chapel Hill, NC: Books, 1977), 28.
- 2. Ibid., xiv.
- Fig 18 - Daniels, C. B., Avalon Mill Group (1900-1911), Location, Avalon, NC, Image [from Avalon: A North Carolina Town of Joy and Tragedy (Chapel Hill, NC: Books, 1977), 18].