The cotton press is constructed out of heart pine, it has a large hand carved screw that measures nineteen inches in diameter. The top hip roof is positioned on top of thescrew and there are two booms that attach to the roof. Two mules or oxen would be hooked up to these booms and they would walk around in circles and this would tighten or loosen the screw depending on which way the mule/oxen were hooked up. The press is twenty-two feet high overall, there is larger roof that protects the press and it also provided shelter for the workers from the sun and rain.
There is a working model of the cotton press in the Edgecombe County Memorial Library. The library is located at 909 N. Main Street, Tarboro,NC, 27886, it is about a block away from the presses current location. The hours of operation for the library are Monday-Thursday 9 A.M.- 9 P.M., Friday 9 A.M.-6 P.M., and Saturday 9 A.M.-5 P.M.
It is believed that the Norfleet Cotton Press is the last one in existence in the state. The Norfleet House is located on the Edgecombe Community College campus, which is across the street from the original location and the family cemetery is located there.