DANVILLE, Va. -

It's like scenes out of a movie. Broken buildings, mountains of brick, and empty warehouses fenced in a 90 acre lot.

It's what's left of what, at one time was the largest textile factory in the world, Dan River Mills.

Wednesday site manager Charles Pierce from Green Family Materials, formerly Old Mississippi Brick, gave WDBJ7's Justin Ward an exclusive look at the property.

"There was four million square feet of buildings," Pierce said.

About five of the buildings are in the process of coming down, no doubt changing Danville's skyline, but nearly all of it is saved and made into furniture or flooring.

"It goes all over the country, actually it goes all over the world," Pierce said. "We try to reclaim everything. When we go into a building, if there's plastic left in the building, if there's card board left in the building. We reclaim all the wood, the big timbers."

For example, reclaimed brick could be sent to people searching for a rustic look to their home.
And piles of very long and very thick beams are sliced to make flooring.

"That timber right there could date back 300 years, very easily," Pierce said, pointing at a stack of lumber. "It's pretty incredible to be working with wood that is that old."

The end product looks unique.
The owner of Steaks on the Square, Nathan Jones, wanted a piece of Danville's history as a conversation starter.

"I've had a lot of people tell me their stories about their connections to Dan River Mills, 'I walked these floors for 20 years' and all this stuff," Jones said.

It not only covers the floors but also the window trim, parts of the ceiling and benches, all made from wood out of a factory in sight of the front door.

"They want a piece of the past, something that has been reclaimed, and this product has that," Pierce said.

It's a piece of textile history that's getting new life.

If you'd like a piece of Danville's past check out the company's website at ReclaimingThePast.com.