Southern Textile Heritage Corridor

A grassroots effort to protect, preserve, and promote the history
of cotton mill people and the towns where they lived

Every day, hundreds of thousands of travelers drive up and down I-85.  Few have an inkling that a heritage of critical importance to the nation can be found in little textile towns and villages just beyond its green exit signs.

For every textile mill that shuts its doors, more has been lost than just jobs.  Neighborhoods rich in social fabric and a unique way of life are endangered.

Now, these mill towns and villages have created a 700-mile heritage pathway that invites visitors to places where the voices of the region’s cotton mill people may once again be heard, where this cultural heritage is honored and mill towns revitalized.

Do you have a textile heritage site you would like to spread the word about? If so, please complete the textile heritage site survey form to get your site included here.. Any questions? Contact us at