History Of Cabbagetown … Atlanta

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Cabbagetown was built as the surrounding mill town and was one of the first textile processing mills built in the south. Its primary product was cotton bags for packaging agricultural products.

 
The complex of buildings and homes was constructed primarily between 1881 and 1922. The homes originally built by the mill were located on what is now the parking lot. They were rowhouses or “shotgun” cottages with the mill buildings in the background.
The neighborhood’s main festival is the Chomp and Stomp bluegrass and chili festival, which takes place the first Saturday in November. The day starts with the 5K Romp and Stomp.

 
There are a few explanations as to how the neighborhood received its name. One is that the mostly transplanted poor Appalachian residents (largely of Scots-Irish descent) who worked in the nearby Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, would grow cabbages in the front yards of their shotgun houses, and one could distinctly smell the odor of cooking cabbage coming from the neighborhood. This term was used originally with derision by people outside the neighborhood, but it soon became a label of pride for the
people who lived there.

 
An affordable intown neighborhood, Cabbagetown attracts an eclectic mixture of artists and professionals drawn to the architecture and sense of community. As the population grows, so does the influx of new restaurants and shops.

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