In 1898 Tom Lloyd built Alberta, the cotton mill that was his pride and joy, in a small town originally known as West End, as in west end of Chapel Hill. Alberta nudged forward a period of growth for Venable, the community’s second name, in honor of the UNC President, turning it into a real town.
The town’s name was changed to Carrboro in 1914, after the Julian Carr family bought the cotton mill from Lloyd in 1909 and donated electricity and streets to the community. After serving out its life as a hosiery mill it was renovated and opened it doors as a shopping mall in 1977.
Over the years, Carr Mill Mall expanded to include Weaver Street Market, a community owned and operated natural foods store and cafe, with two floors of office space above it. The lawn in front has become known as Carrboro’s front yard, and a courtyard has been added on the Greensboro Street side. The Mall continues to thrive, and houses many unique businesses for the discerning shopper.
It is the Christmas season, so we will be able to enjoy the holiday decorations. We will meet in front of MIEL BON BONS PATISSERIE, which is in the middle of the mall, at 1:00 and then back again at 3:00 for our sketch share.