When I was a little girl, my great-grandmother would tell me stories about how she used to walk to work and work all day in the old mill. These mills were powered by water. So now that I'm an adult I take my kids around to visit these old mills, and we look at the old buildings. What impresses them the most is that the mills once were powered by the water that flows nearby. This dam and water once supplied Glencoe Cotton Mill in Burlington and was one of the last mills built to harness water power. It was the fifth mill in the state of North Carolina, and to most it was the first major cotton mill.