The Edenton Cotton Mill Village was built in the late 19th-century for the mill's workers. The mill was a principal employer in Edenton, until the late 20th-century. The mill was sold to Unifi Inc. of Greensboro, and closed in 1995. The mill and village have historical significance, and fearing site's loss, state officials were able to persuade Unifi to donate the 44 acre site to Preservation North Carolina. Revitalization of the mill village began in 1996, and to date more than 50 houses have been restored.