Walking tour offers insight into local history

May 24, 2017 by  

For Gastonia residents interested in learning more about the local village of Loray Mill, a walking tour this week will offer a great deal of knowledge, presented by Gastonia resident Jack Kiser.

Beginning at Loray Mill itself, the tour will walk through the village. Kiser will offer information about the history and architecture, and answer questions along the way.

Walkers will begin at the mill and travel for about a mile. They will pass through Greasy Corner, and the walk will finish with a glimpse of a model home that has been newly renovated. Bottled water will be provided, but those participating in the tour are encouraged to dress for the weather, and wear shoes comfortable for walking. The event is being held by nonprofit organization Preservation N.C., which works to rehabilitate and save historic structures throughout North Carolina.

On the tour, Preservation N.C. says that attendees will learn about the changes in Loray Mill over time, from its original use as a home for the hundreds of mill workers, to its modern period of revitalization. As a resident for 40 years, the nonprofit says that Kiser is uniquely qualified to lead the tour.

Those looking for unique holiday cards or postcard printing could consider taking a family snapshot at one of the locations along the tour, bringing some local flare to their mementos. The tour will begin at 6:00 pm tomorrow, May 25, and those attending should contact Amanda Holland at Preservation N.C. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for June 6.