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🍺 🍺 TapHouse Brings New Life to Former Cotton Mill

Contributor: Jamie Richardson


Tuscarora TapHouse has quickly become a popular weekend destination in Mount Pleasant offering a unique blend of entertainment options including axe throwing, cornhole, pool, ping pong, and darts.

Tuscarora serves up craft and domestic beers, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages featuring local breweries on tap: Cabarrus Brewing Company, Americana Beer Company, Uwharrie Brewing, and Southern Strain Brewing Company. They also regularly host a steady lineup of food trucks for guests to enjoy including Atomic Cigars, a new mobile cigar truck. The taphouse is also family and pet friendly. There is a little something for everyone!

✂️ The taphouse had a soft opening the weekend of March 25 and just this past weekend had its official ribbon cutting ceremony during Mount Pleasant’s SPRINGFEST.

Get to Know the Owners

This is the newest venture for Frank and Ashlyn who also own Iron Axe Society (IAS) 🪓 . They threw their first axe at the Carolina Renaissance Festival and it sparked their love of axe throwing. They started going to Charlotte to throw recreationally and Frank said they began to think, “This would do well in Cabarrus County, especially with the ever-growing brewery scene.”

  • In 2022, they opened Cabarrus County’s first axe-throwing facility at Gibson Mill in Concord.

With the success of IAS, they started looking into expanding their vision. They were looking at locations outside of Cabarrus County until they found Tuscarora Mill in Mount Pleasant. It was the perfect space for their new venture, a taphouse that offered a unique blend of entertainment.

You can find Live Music announcements featuring local artists and bands on their Facebook and Instagram pages as well as Music Bingo and Trivia Nights.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Tuscarora TapHouse

On Friday, May 5th, you can even celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the TapHouse from 4–10pm!

🎤 Karaoke with DJ Yow
🌮 La Casita Del Sabor Food Truck
🍺 Mexican Lager from Uwharrie Brewing as well as our regular taps, along with a few possible surprises!

Former Cotton Mill Is the New Home of Tuscarora TapHouse

Mount Pleasant is home to one of the best-preserved early twentieth-century textile buildings in Cabarrus County that once housed the oldest and largest specialty yarn manufacturer in the United States.

Tuscarora Cotton Mill was organized in 1899 with James William Cannon as President and Reverend Paul Barringer as Secretary and Treasurer. The plant was constructed in 1901 along with 13 mill houses. The idea was to build a cotton mill to “provide able and secure employment for the residents of the area.” The original building still stands.

🧱 Fun Fact: The bricks used to build the mill were made by hand on site.

Photo Credit: ECHS Facebook Page

The mill operated for more than 110 years, employing generations of Mount Pleasant workers, but as with most textile companies in our area, the mill ultimately closed its doors.

Preserving History with a New Purpose

In 2019, the Mill became home to the Community Church of Mt. Pleasant and most recently became home to the Tuscarora TapHouse.

  • When designing the space, Frank said they wanted to “pay tribute to the Mill and the culture.” His Mom was a cotton mill worker, and he has a lot of admiration and respect for the profession.

The beautiful bar was hand-made with wood that came from the Mill. Their mission is to create a welcoming and inviting environment for everyone to enjoy.

Inside the glass cases of the bar are artifacts and other items from the Mill. Jimmy and Janet Lent have shared some pieces from their personal arrow and axe head collection to add to the display.

Photos from Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society. Some information from the “The Historic of Architecture of Cabarrus County, North Carolina” by Peter Kaplan, 1981.
  • There are plans to continue to grow the taphouse. Frank and Ashlyn would like to add outdoor seating and a beer garden in the future and would love to host car shows and festivals in the large field next to the tap house. They are currently open Thursday – Sunday, so be sure to check their hours before visiting.

Plan your visit for a great time and discover what makes Tuscarora TapHouse the perfect place for a night out with friends, family, or for hosting special events.


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