The Modern Style of Historic Canton

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ne of the metro’s hottest adaptive re-use developments is showcased in the historic 120-year-old former Canton Cotton Mill on the banks of the Etowah River near downtown Canton. The Mill on Etowah in the former denim factory now features a brewery and taproom, a retail marketplace, restaurants, a co-working environment, and more. The 250,000-square-foot destination in the former Canton Cotton Mill property overlooking the Etowah River is at 225 Reformation Parkway in Canton and also features an events green with stage and visual screen. A key component of the project is the rich history of the area, and each company that is a part of the Mill on Etowah is encouraged to tell their history as well as the history of the community, project developer Penn Hodge says.

“What makes this exciting is that at its heart it’s about history,” Hodge said. “From the Native Americans who had their homes along this river, to the days of the denim mill, we want to share the story of what went on before us in this historic community.” Canton City Councilor Brooke Schmidt says she is glad to see what the project is accomplishing in the city. “The Mill on Etowah project is such an incredible example of place-based economic development through a historic preservation project. Creating this soughtafter destination in downtown Canton has strengthened the community, attracting visitors and small businesses. And it isn’t only the downtown area that benefits; these types of projects have a positive impact on home values around the city,” Schmidt pointed out. Hodge purchased the property from the Jones family, which founded the denim-producing mill in 1899 and operated in until it closed in 1981. Along with the iconic brick mill, the project also encompasses six additional buildings. The mill was founded in 1899 by Robert Tyre Jones, along with a group of local investors. Jones was a leader in banking and commerce in Canton at the time and the plant was the first of two cotton mills built by the owners along the river.

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