The town of Mayodan has an unusual name. The town was named after the two converging rivers in the area: the "Mayo" and the "Dan", hence "Mayodan". My town, is the only town or city in the entire world with this unique name. Mayodan has been documented in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" as the only town with this unique name.
The picture below shows the mill of Mayodan that the town centered around for so many years. It is a common misconception that Avalon Mill and the village of Avalon were established prior to the mill and Town of Mayodan; but this is incorrect. The mill in Mayodan, originally named Mayo Mill, then Washington Mills and lastly, Tultex Mills were founded first. After the Avalon Mill burned on June 15, 1911, the town of Avalon moved their houses to Mayodan since they were owned by the mill and both Avalon Mill and Mayo Mill were owned by the same owners. Avalon Mill employees were given jobs at the Mayo Mill after decisions were made not to rebuild the Avalon Mill.