Some time ago I posted about the Henry River Mill Village and the fact that the entire village was for sale. The village was used in the filming of the Hunger Games as the poor District 12 home of the heroine, Katniss. I was traveling through the area last week, and took the short detour off the Interstate to see Henry River for myself.
The entire tract is privately owned (and still for sale) and due to on-going problems with sightseers, trespassing is forbidden, but the state road runs through the village so it is possible to get a good look from one’s car. There are about twenty houses still standing, with more outhouses than I’ve seen in a very long time.
Henry River Mill was opened in 1905 as a producer of cotton yarn. Originally it was water powered, and a dam that was built to concentrate the falling water is still standing. The mill closed in the 1960s, and the mill building burned in 1977. Like many mill villages, Henry River was fairly self-sufficient, with a company store, a school and a church. The mill was even able to produce electricity for the village.
The setting is quite beautiful. The site starts on the top of a hill and the village winds down the hill to the river. I just hope that any buyers of the site plan to preserve the village as mill villages are now few and far between.
This building is the old company store. In the Hunger Games it was a bakery, and you can see the word “cakes” painted beneath the windows. Note the very white board to the left of the door, under the windows. The word “Pastries” was painted there, but one day the owner arrived to find that someone had ripped out the boards and taken them as a souvenir. He replaced the boards and placed the site off limits to the public. Can’t say that I blame him.