Altitude: 2,725 feet
Though a contiguous neighbor to the town of Waynesville, a larger town and the county seat of Haywood County, Hazelwood was a separate, incorporated community in the 1920s. With a high concentration of manufacturing companies, it was often described as Waynesville’s industrial center. In the mid-1920s the Royle & Pilkington Company, a textile company, established a plant in the town. The October 16, 1928, edition of The Ruralite (Sylva, N.C.) featured an article about the plant. The remark in the article apparently has a discrepancy in the number of people employed by the operation. While the headline mentions 300 people, the text indicates that 200 people would be employed and that 300 fabric varieties were to be produced.
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