The mill is still standing. The JP Stevens Mill (below).
It's in the process of being torn down. The plant closed in 2003 laying off 320 workers.
I was interested in seeing the factory houses where the workers lived.
The houses are located in an area around the mill.
Row houses still standing and occupied.
Below is the main street of Roanoke Rapids.
There is also a paper mill outside of town, and below is the canal museum.
The lady behind the inspiration of the making of this movie is Crystal Lee Jordan Sutton. Born and raised in Roanoke Rapids and died of brain cancer in 2009. The movie was not filmed here in Roanoke Rapids, but in Opelika, Alabama.
It was interesting to see the town and the mill after watching the movie last week and then watching the special features. That's when we found out it took place nearby and wanted to check it out.