Hazelwood on the route

Motoring through the Mountains - 1930s: Hazelwood

Haywood County
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.

Hazelwood in the 1890s  |  Hazelwood in the 1910s

To the West: Balsam


To the East: Waynesville

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Sources & Readings

  • Allen, W.C. (William Cicero). The Annals of Haywood County, North Carolina: Historical, Sociological, Biographical, and Genealogical. [S.l.: S.n.], 1935.
  • Bell, Corydon. “A History of Champion Papers.” [S.l.]: Champion Papers, 1963.
  • Haywood County Heritage Book Committee, ed. Haywood County Heritage, North Carolina, 1994. Waynesville, N.C.: Published by the Haywood County Genealogical Society, in cooperation with Walsworth Publishing Co., 1994.
  • “Hazelwood Plant to Employ Three Hundred.” The Ruralite (Sylva, N.C.), October 16, 1928.
  • Jarrett, Dana L, ed. A Pictorial History of Haywood County. Asheville, N.C. Asheville Citizen-Times Pub. of North Carolina, 1994.