Edenton, North Carolina
The Edenton Peanut Mill, built in 1909, was the tallest building in town and demonstrated the importance of the peanut industry to the town’s economy. Now thanks to a $2 million renovation assisted by a Historic Preservation Tax Credit, it still serves Edenton’s economy. The mill was refitted for a fitness center on the bottom floor and office space on the upper floors. Surviving peanut processing machinery was cleaned and preserved in place. Other historic features like original wainscoting and wood trim in the former office and metal fire doors were also retained. Partial height partitions and glazed walls were added to preserve views of the heavy timber framing and masonry construction. The reuse of this space preserves a regional landmark in this rural North Carolina town.
Photo: Evidence of the peanut mill remains in this office reception area.
– NPS file