The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail, Fall 2016

Photo Caption: Trey Gaines, Director of the Bartow County History Museum, accepting the museum's West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail membership sign from Martina Morale, Curator of the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail and Leah Harris Student Assistant, at the Bartow County History Museum in Cartersville.

Trey Gaines, Director of the Bartow County History Museum, accepting the museum’s West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail membership sign from Martina Morale, Curator of the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail and Leah Harris Student Assistant, at the Bartow County History Museum in Cartersville.

This semester the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail staff has been working on some exciting new projects. We are currently in the process of updating and add new content to each community web page on the textile trail website are a planning a relaunch of the website in the spring. Though images and narratives visitors to the website are encouraged to explore west Georgia’s rich industrial heritage while gaining an understanding of the dynamics that propelled the industry to success. The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail highlights historical sites, within the communities of west Georgia, which were vital to the Post-Civil War textile industry in the south.

We are also working on production of self-guided walking and driving trail brochures for many of our membership communities. Each brochure includes a narrative of the textile history of the area with historic photographs relevant to the story. The brochures also include six to twelve textile heritage trail stops.

Resources from the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail member organizations are vital to our production of webpages and brochures. Fieldwork to develop website and brochure content has been conducted in several areas of west Georgia including Newnan Coweta County Historical Society in Newnan, the Polk County Historical Society in Cedartown, and Bartow County History Museum in Cartersville. Keeping in contact with textile trail member communities is very important as we create new content for the website and brochures so we look forward to working with you soon!