First Paper Mill In North Carolina?

I thought we were all supposed to be working in a “paperless office” in 2008, but I feel like I push around more paper than I ever did in the past. As I was cleaning the mounds of paper from my desk, I remembered something I had read recently…something I wanted to quiz our NC Miscellany readers about. We’ll operate this just like the “Where The Heel?” entries have been done…first person to give me the correct answer in the comments section wins. Wins what? Why, nothing less than NC Miscellany‘s love, affection, gratitude, and respect. Here goes:

Where was the first paper mill in the state built?

3 thoughts on “First Paper Mill In North Carolina?”

  1. Elizabeth, you are correct. According to an article written by George Stevenson, former archivist at the NC Division of Archives and History, North Carolina’s first paper mill was built in late “1777 on New Hope Creek about five miles south of Hillsborough under the direction of John Hulgan, a papermaker from Pennsylvania, in response to a 1775 offer of a £250 bounty by the North Carolina Provincial Congress.” Nice work!

  2. Do you think we will approach a time when we no longer need paper mills? Everything seems to be going electronic nowadays.

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