our history is what defines us

Photograph of the Patterson Brothers circa 1909

Photograph of the Patterson Brothers circa 1909

The building’s story

One of the most important structures in town, the three-story Patterson Building of 1898. Erected in 1898 by three brothers, L.L., George W., and John S. Patterson, the building was the most spacious in Graham at the time of its construction. The building housed such commercial tenants as the Graham Drug Company, the Graham Hardware Company, and Citizens Bank during its early years; the second floor contained office space and the third floor, knows as “Patterson’s Hall” was frequently used for civic and social meetings and for professional and amateur performances. The building was damaged by fire in 1977.

Photograph Circa 1915

Photograph Circa 1915

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Nicole clayton, owner

our story

New York native, and owner, Nicole Clayton always loved the character and depth of industrial settings. After moving to North Carolina and launching, On The Rocks Bartending, she almost immediately noticed the lack of industrial venues in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill (affectionately known by locals as “The Triangle”). Nicole knew that there was an amazing opportunity to introduce a new, industrial chic venue with both Northern roots and Southern soul - and she was right. In December of 2015, Nicole opened The Cloth Mill in Hillsborough, North Carolina - a small town with a huge heart that has been a perfect host for weddings, social and corporate events.


With the success of The Cloth Mill, Nicole wanted to provide another unique, industrial event venue for smaller more intimate events. After 1 1/2 years of searching for the perfect property to accompany The Cloth Mill, Nicole came across the Patterson Building in downtown Graham. The space had everything that she loved about The Cloth Mill: exposed brick, original wood beams, hardwood floors, and lots of character! Nicole recognized yet another amazing opportunity, and started renovations immediately, with the determination to share a new and exciting journey in Graham, North Carolina.

Currently booking for Spring 2019 & beyond!! Contact us to learn more information and schedule a tour!