Old Town Square
"The gate blocking Main St was erected in the 1970s. Look straight ahead down the street to what was the town square area.Long before shopping mall and big box stores the center of commerce for a town was the downtown and Cliffside was no exception.After the mill started production in the early 1900's a two story wood building was erected just outsidethe mill main gate that contained the company store post office and later a large schoolroom upstairs.In the early years horse drawn wagons would come to the store in the Spring for seed fertilizer andhousehold staples. They would return in the Fall with loads of cotton to be ginned sold and used in themill.As the mill grew the need for local commerce increased. A brick store building was built across thedowntown square to replace the wooden store.A large brick community building was being planned by R. R. Haynes before his death in 1917. This""skyscraper"" was constructed and dedicated in 1922 as the R.R. Haynes Memorial Building. This building included a library theater banquet hall classrooms hotel cafe beauty and barber shops sauna and atop the magnificent structure was the town clock. The buildings' features were exceptional for any town but were extraordinary for the village of Cliffside. Several other businesses were built that offered residents a garage hardware cannery feed store ice plant cafe and bank.Downtown Cliffside provided the people their basic needs rarely requiring them to shop elsewhere.Imagine a small textile town that for over seventy years provided within walking distance from home apost office bank department store grocery store doctor dentist cafe barber and beauty shops cannery skating rink bowling alley library banquet hall movie theater and even a place to take a hot bath before running water was installed in the houses. Downtown Cliffside did that ... and more!!!"