The textile industry touches us all. Our region of west and northwest Georgia, spanning from Dalton to Columbus, has been a powerhouse of textile production since the 1840s. These mills and plants transformed families, livelihoods, and communities. 

Follow along the U.S. Highway 27 corridor and adjacent counties to hear community stories, visit local exhibits and archives, and explore historic textile buildings while enjoying Georgia’s small-town life through local shops and restaurants. These historic communities played a regional and sometimes national role in the cotton, hosiery, apparel, chenille, and carpet industries.  

Find your adventure and discover your connections on the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail!


Recent Posts

By: Jamie Bynum I began working for the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia in January 2020. I have worked exclusively Read more
Author: Greg Bell Before I began working on the Textile Heritage Trail, I had never really considered how the textile industry had impacted my life. Read more
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