For generations, the people of Erwin were held by a common bond. Everyone in some way or form was connected to the mill. They either worked there, or they supported those that did by shopping with local merchants. And, like many textile towns in the South, when the mill closed, the future of Erwin was uncertain. But Erwin persevered. The culture of family values, community spirit and determination which made the mill successful are the very characteristics that have made Erwin a place you will want to get to know better.

This is a “people” town. Whether you are looking for a new home or to start a business, you’ll be greeted with smiles and open arms. Faith, a strong work ethic and a vibrant enthusiasm are found in almost everyone you meet. You could easily say, “you’ll never meet a stranger in Erwin.”

And the mill left more than just this unique bond of community in Erwin. During its height, the mill provided housing for many of its employee families. Those houses make up a large part of Erwin’s unique appeal, with cottage-like homes featuring front porches where friends may gather for afternoon chats or just sit in rocking chairs for a few moments of peace at the end of the day. 

You, too, are invited. We look forward to having you as our newest Front Porch Friend.