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I-95 Road Trip: Down by the Riverside in Weldon

As Seen in Our State Magazine July 2021

Post: June 28, 2021

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The front entrance leads to the outlet shops and antiques mall. PHOTOGRAPH BY TIM ROBISON

A former cotton mill just off the interstate in Halifax County has taken on a new life. Today, the enormous 122-year-old building is an antiquarian’s playground packed with rare treasures and stories around every corner.

Riverside Mill, a restored 85,000-square-foot former textile factory, opened as an antiques mall in 2009. Located just a mile and a half off I-95 in Weldon, it attracts both hard-core collectors and intrigued day-trippers. Travelers up and down the East Coast pop in to stretch their legs, look around, and, more often than not, leave with something new or something old, and sometimes a bit of both. As visitors stroll along the original four-inch tongue-and-groove pine floors, sunshine pouring through the windows to illuminate exposed milk-washed bricks, they stumble upon things that they’ve spent years searching for, as well as gotta-buy-it knickknacks that they never knew they needed.

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by Bridget Booher
This story was published on Jun 24, 2021

Updated: July 21, 2021 08:45 am EDT

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