Welcome to The McAdenville Table and Market
Staying connected to the past, while embracing the future is what inspired restaurant owners, Jim and John Bailey, to embark on a new business journey and open The McAdenville Table and Market. Whether you are a local or visiting the area for the first time, you may not know the rich history of this town and the building in which you are seated. So, in the spirit of the good old days, go with us for a moment to walk down memory lane to relive history and the story of McAdenville.
Founded by Mr. R.Y. McAden, McAdenville earned its rightful place on the map located on the banks of the South Fork of the Catawba River in 1881. Considered a “wilderness” at the time, Mr. McAden set out to create a beautiful, yet functional mill and town not only for dwellers, but also with the hope that McAdenville would attract the best talent to work in the mill. A forward-thinker, Mr. McAden designed the mill to resemble a castle and it also contained one of the very first Edison generators – still owned by Pharr Yarns. The castle motif can still be seen today. Mr. McAden also built some of the only brick mill houses in the area – one of which you are sitting in now.
The Baileys wanted to keep as much integrity of the original building as possible in the design of the restaurant. The brick above the large steel beams, as well as the roof framing, are original to the structure. The lower brick was carefully carried in from one of the old buildings pictured in the bar and patrons in the market area can purchase items from the original shelves of the town library, which was the first public library in the Piedmont of NC. Reserved for the wine rack and bar tops, the wood was taken from the roof system of Mill #1, while the stamped, tin shingles located above the bar and butcher counter are also originals. The front of the bar was once a ceiling in the duplex and the frontal railing was taken from the former Piedmont and Northern railway in Belmont, dated 1911. Illustrated by Mrs. Carol Carstarphen, the painting hanging in the dining area was created in the likeness of an actual drawing from 1898 depicting the rail line from Lowell to Mill #1 next to the river. In the mid-20th century, the duplex was expanded into the Abernathy Supermarket and even later, the same building housed The Village Restaurant.
As you can see and read, there is a lot more here than meets the eye. When you walk into to The McAdenville Table and Market, not only do you enter a unique food and dining experience, you also take a step back in time – a special time we hope will bring you back again.
The McAdenville Table and Market would like to thank the Carstarphen family for their generous donation of these materials.
We hope you appreciate them as much as we do…