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’s small-town life and local shops and restaurants.  Find your adventure on the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail!


Recent Posts

April 22, 2021 Author: Jessica Sinel As an undergraduate research assistant, I was tasked to create maps to visualize the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail Read more
Contents [hide] 1 Humble Beginnings: The Griffin Knitting Mill 2 Building an Empire: The Boyd-Mangham Group in the 1900s 3 The Top of the Mountain: The Manghams Buy Read more
With Tinaye Gibbons Textile history is important to us at the Center for Public History because of the diverse ways that it impacted communities across Read more
April 2018 By: Brandon Cohran It has always been important to us at UWG’s Center for Public History to include and to highlight student work Read more
March 7, 2018 By: Brandon Cohran History with a capital ‘h’ is often an early warning for people to become uninterested very quickly. It’s dates, Read more
January 31, 2018 Author: Brandon Cohran A new year ushers in new changes, and for us at the Center for Public History at the University Read more