A Glimpse Into the Past

Historic images from the Eclipse Mill’s history as a cotton textile spinning and weaving mill.

American photographer Lewis Hine (1874-1940) worked as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) between 1908-1924. His photographs of impoverished children in deplorable working conditions were instrumental in the passage of child labor laws in the United States. Lewis Hine visited the Eclipse Mill in 1911. Not permitted to enter the building by management, he took photographs of the child workers outside on the streets and at nearby worker’s housing.
An exhibition of Lewis Hine photographs taken at the Eclipse Mill, as well as other historic images, is on permanent exhibition in the east entrance passageway.