Henry River Mill made yarn. Fine North Carolina yarn. Made that fine North Carolina yarn for sixty years until it didn't any more. The mill closed. The people moved. The village stayed.

She stayed there, not complete, not destroyed, just waiting for something. Maybe that something was Wade Shepard, the 83 year-old who bought the whole damn town. Maybe that something was a casting scout working on finding a scene for Hunger Games. A film that used Henry River Mill Village as District 12. Maybe that something is something else. Maybe an industrial devolution. Maybe just a good flood.


Whatever the case, there she sits, just West of Hickory, silently waiting.