Beacon Blanket Mill burned to the ground in September 2003, bringing an end to the largest mill in western North Carolina and an entity that influenced the lives of generations of residents of Swannanoa North Carolina and the Asheville NC region. But the impact of Beacon didn't disappear in the consuming flames. Beacon Blanket Mill lives on the memories and stories of those who lived, worked, raised families, played ball, played music and socialized in the village that grew up around "the Mill".
Rebecca Williams and Jerry Pope are currently working on a documentary film telling the story of Beacon Mill and the role it played in the Swannanoa community. The couple spent the last two years meeting with local residents, listening, researching, collecting, scanning photographs, and taping and filming the stories surrounding Beacon Blanket Mill and the lives of the people who worked there.