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Ask 13: What's the history of the brick building on Hendersonville Road?

Gary Anderson of Arden wrote to Ask 13 wanting to know the history of the building located along Hendersonville Road, at the stop light at Glenn Bridge Road. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A long, mill-like building in south Asheville has one viewer wondering about the brick structure's story.

Gary Anderson of Arden wrote to Ask 13 wanting to know the history of the building located along Hendersonville Road, at the stop light at Glenn Bridge Road.

The building looks like a warehouse. It's long, narrow and sits parallel to the railroad tracks.

A historian at the Buncombe County Genealogical Society said the structure was originally a mop factory. The historian provided a news clipping from 1931 that talked about the factory's early beginnings.

L.C. Langston started the business with his three sons, ages 11-17, in their basement. They eventually moved to the Hendersonville Road building where the business flourished for years.

The business was later transformed into the Langston and Sons Cotton Mill, which remained in operation through the '80s. That's when the business suffered a huge fire and received extensive damage.

The building is currently rented space.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@WLOS.com

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