Thursday, August 26, 2010

May Hosiery Mill

May Hosiery Mill, located on Chestnut Street, was once known as the oldest sock mill in the South. It closed in the 80's and is now home to several art studios, offices and a few small businesses. But it still has the remnants of a once bustling mill, and as I walked through the hallway of the now sectioned off main floor, I imagined a giant room with a line of women punching their time card and then heading to their sewing machines.

There are 3 or 4 of these cubbies together. I'm guessing phone booths.

Stay tuned. Tomorrow for Vintage South Nashville I'll have a photo or two of the mill's early days and a little more background info.

For more pictures of the mill today, check out the South Nashville Life Flickr page.


  1. My Step Mom retired from there in the 70's


  2. My Mother worked there during WWII! Great story! Vicki from Texas

  3. My Uncle, Obie King Byrum was an operator at the Mill - He died by drowning in Shelby Park in May 1945. He was 16 years old.

  4. My grandmother worked there. She left there in 1955, to become a nurse. When she was in the hospital a few years ago, she was on pain medicine she was pretending to loom socks for days. She was 95 years old then.