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!
Author: Greg Bell When you join a project that has been going on as long as the Textile Heritage Trail, it can feel a little Read more
Author: Tennesse Mena In the Spring of 2022, I commenced my work in the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail project with the guidance of Dr. Read more
Author: Jamie Bynum The large, currently yellow and purple, Victorian-style historic home that stands in Carrollton, Georgia is known as the Mandeville Mansion or the Read more
Author: Jamie Bynum On September 01, 1934, a massive strike that would last only three weeks would begin in the southern United States. Officially known Read more
Author: Jamie Bynum Waterpower was crucial to the development of the textile industry in the southern United States, especially to communities at or above the Read more
Author: 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