A Heritage Tourism Initiative
The textile industry touches us all. Our region has been a powerhouse of textile production, from cotton and hosiery to apparel, chenille, and carpet. The mills transformed families, livelihoods, and communities. We invite locals and visitors alike to explore and share their connections to this story, as well as discover the landscapes and cultures along the Textile Trail.
Come explore the rich legacy of the textile industry through the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail, from Columbus to Dalton. The Trail highlights historic communities that played a vital regional and sometimes national role in the cotton, hosiery, apparel, chenille, and carpet industries. Follow along the U.S. Highway 27 corridor and adjacent counties to hear the stories, visit local exhibits and archives, and explore historic textile buildings while enjoying Georgia small-town life and local shops and restaurants. Find your adventure on the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail!
Visit the “Trail” tab to find Textile Heritage Trail sites and historic locations in your community.
Our first book, Images of America: The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail, is now available to the public through the UWG Center for Public History or your local bookstore or gift shop. To order from the Trail, print, fill out, and mail this form (found here) plus a check to the Center.
Interested in hosting a book signing? Editors Ann McCleary and Keri Adams would love to give a brief presentation followed by questions and a signing. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or our Arcadia Marketing Specialist Jonny Foster to arrange a book signing and/or presentation event. Previous signings have included Horton’s Books and Underground Books in Carrollton, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society in Newnan, Douglasville historical society, and Bartow History Museum in Cartersville. See our Facebook events page for details and new signings.