Our Textile Heritage: A Thread to Our Past
Our Textile Heritage: A Thread to Our Past is the new exhibit on display at the Charter Bank Rotating Gallery at Legacy Museum on Main. For over a century, textiles was the biggest industry in Troup County. This exhibit explores the development of the industry from handwoven coverlets made in the area in the 1830s up to modern equipment used in the labs of local textile mills as late as 2004. Photographs, maps, and other mill artifacts help trace the development of various mills in LaGrange, West Point and Hogansville. Other photographs depict life in the various mill villages, including mill houses, baptisms, and sports activities. Also on display are historic soft drink and medicine bottles from the collections of Chris Cleaveland. Local bottling companies, especially Coca-Cola, benefitted greatly from the many mill workers who drank Cokes during their dinner breaks at the mills!