Southern Mills


The historic Southern Manufacturing Company mill has served Athens since 1900,  having been part of the city’s once-dominant cotton production empire throughout most of its life. The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation holds a facade easement on the standing structures and with the help of others, has been working since 2012 to ensure a positive future for the property.

The mill site is largely intact without alteration from its early appearance and configuration, but it has stood vacant for over a decade. The property sits at the edge of an industrial area, just north of the historic Boulevard neighborhood, one of Athens’ original streetcar suburbs. The CSX Northern railroad line it borders is still active, providing a tangible connection to its industrial past. The site includes approximately 188,000 square feet within four primary buildings on 18.15 acres of land, and is located 1.2 miles from downtown.

Visit the Southern Mills website for more information.