Canton Cotton Mills , Manufacturers of FINE DENIM, Canton, Georgia
The city of Canton was a small town with dirt roads in Northwest Georgia. In 1892, R.T. Jones, Benjamin F. Perry, and other leading citizens were instrumental in the opening of Bank of Canton. In 1891, the Georgia Marble Finishing Works was founded by T.M. Brady.
Between 1880 and 1890, Canton's population had almost doubled to 657 people, and by 1900, the population was at 847. In order to continue the growth, citizens banded together to build a cotton mill. R.T. Jones, business owner and bank president, put up the first $25,000 for the mill. By January 1900, they'd picked a site for the new mill and construction ensued along the Etowah River on Railroad Street. In March of 1901, the first bale of cotton made its way through the machinery and cotton thread was being produced. Soon after, they increased production, and denim cloth from the Canton Cotton Mill was considered to be one of the finest denims in the U.S.
R.T. Jones continually repeated his mantra, "Make it better, make it better, make it better."
Courtesy of The Cherokee County Historical Society 2008
R.T. Jones' call to make it better at the Canton Cotton Mill is still alive and well today. The Canton Cotton Mill has been transformed into an adaptive re-use development in downtown Canton that has turned the former denim mill into a mixed-use development featuring a local brewery, restaurants, shopping, office space, water activities, and family friendly events throughout the year.
Barrel & Vine Tavern and Wine Bar is proud of the history of the free standing building they occupy. This building has a long history and was an integral part of the Canton Cotton Mill. The downstairs wine bar was originally used to repair cars and trucks. The pulleys that still hang above were used to remove engine blocks. The tavern upstairs served as repair shop for small machinery. As longtime residents of Canton, we, like so many others, have ancestors who worked in the mill at one time. We are honored to be part of the mill's history and those who worked there in years past.
We hope you appreciate the history as much as we do and welcome the revitalization of this piece of Canton's history as The Mill at Etowah resurrects an important part of the town's past.