The Georgia Trust

2012 PLACES IN PERIL: CROWN MILL STORE

THE STORY
Built in the late 19th century, this masonry building was the company store for Crown Cotton Mills in Dalton. Although there were earlier fabric mills in the area, Crown Mill was the leading producer of the muslin cloth that was vital to the area's chenille cloth industry. This building served as the general store for the employees and residents of the surrounding mill village.

THE THREAT
The Crown Mill Store is vacant and in need of restoration. The nearby mill has been rehabilitated into loft apartments. The City of Dalton owns the building and is working to redevelop the Crown Mill area into an art and culture overlay district. With support from the city, the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society plans to restore and operate the building as a local history museum.

SOLUTION
Work with the City of Dalton and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society to restore and use the building as a museum of chenille tufting. The Georgia Trust will give technical assistance to the restoration planning that is currently underway.

 

 

 

 

 

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