Wendy At The Railroad Cafe
Eden, NC is closely related to Fieldale, VA. Both were part of the cotton and woolen mill rush of the 1800-1900s. Originally Eden was the tri-cities of Draper, Spray, and Leaksville. Frank Mebane, in 1892, started the weaving mill expansion that produced a new mill each year along the Smith River. A business recession in 1910 forced Mebane to sell out to Marshall Field of Chicago. 3 mills in Draper, 7 mills in Spray, and 2 in Leaksville made up Field's empire in NC. Field sought more land across the state line and constructed the Fieldale Mill in 1917. In 1953 the mills were incorporated and named Fieldcrest Mills, Inc. And today you can drive through old Draper, Spray, and Leaksville and see history. While you are in old Draper stop at Wendy Wood-Lewis' Railroad Cafe and enjoy excellent food and walls full of great old pictures. See them on Facebook.