Hunger Games Fame

A brief breath of life came back to Henry River Mill Village in 2012 by way of fame and fortune—Hollywood thought the run-down village would serve as the perfect setting for the post-apocalyptic dystopia District 12 featured in the film The Hunger Games. The town was featured in several scenes including the house below that served as the home of Katniss Everdeen.

Hunger Games Fame

Village Homes

The residential area of the Henry River Mill Village consisted of approximately 35 small worker’s cottages. Twenty-one are still standing today. These 1-1/2 story duplex houses were laid out along the steep contours of the river’s northern bank. The workers lived in two-family boarding houses or workers’ cottages built by the company, which were leased at nominal fees.

Built on a Slope

A Two Family Home

Homes from a Different Era

Henry River is an example of history that seems so distant, yet it can still be seen, touched and heard with our own eyes and ears.

Built as a planned community, the village was a self-contained complex with its own mill, dam, water and fire-protection systems, and company store. In later years the village gained amenities such as walkways, terraced green spaces, and field stone retaining walls.

Homes from a Different Era


Doogaloos, also known as scrip, were coins created to be used as currency in Henry River Mill Village. Doogaloos could be used only in the company store and the amount of scrips issued to tide workers between pay periods would be deducted from their paychecks. Made of zinc, Doogaloos came in different denominations.

The Doogaloo below is for 50 cents and is now used as the logo for the Henry River Mill Village,

Henry River Mill Village Logo

Henry River Mill Village

Henry River Mill Village is a small textile village in Hickory, North Carolina. It is an unaltered but now-decaying example of an early industrial environment in Burke County.

While the Henry River area was known for it’s water-power as early as 1860, the most relevant historical significance came from the purchase and development of the land in the early 1900’s. The Aderholdt and Rudisill families partnered to establish the Henry River Manufacturing Company, which was a cotton yarn manufacturer that opened it’s doors in 1905. During its initial operation, the Company erected 35 worker houses, a two-story boarding house, a bridge, a brick company store, a power producing dam, and the original 3 story brick mill building where the yarn was produced.

Henry River Mill Village