Saxapahaw: Small Town, Big Impact—Great Beer
In about five miles of space in the middle of rural Alamance County, Saxapahaw is rich in history and big on people.
Saxapahaw, NC was built in 1844 along the Haw River, around a cotton mill first erected by a Quaker settler, John Newlin. The current mill building, located just down the hill from the dye house where Haw River Farmhouse Ales is located, was owned and operated by Dixie Yarns until it was ravaged by a tornado in 1994 and subsequently shut down.1
Today, the mill building is known as the Saxapahaw Rivermill, a beautifully restored Cotton Mill and Dye House on the banks of the Haw River. The Rivermill offers a unique blend of history, community, sustainability, locavore culture and nature while providing for every modern necessity.
Featured recently by The New York Times and The Washington Post, Saxapahaw is becoming a national model for rural renaissance done right. Our historic village is a vibrant community acclaimed for its food, music, farmland, forests, lakes and riverside trails. Former mill buildings that operated for decades have recently been transformed into beautiful homes and thriving businesses along the natural beauty of the Haw River.
Home to the legendary Saxapahaw General Store and The Eddy Pub, the summer farmers’ market and music series Saturdays in Saxapahaw, the award-winning Haw River Ballroom, PaperHand Puppet Intervention, The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company, The Hawbridge Charter School, Flying Beagle Books, Roxy Farms Antiques, Benjamin Vineyards and so much more, Saxapahaw is a very special place, both to us, and to everyone around us.2