Cabbagetown

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About Cabbagetown

Cabbagetown is a neighborhood located on the east side of Atlanta which runs directly next to the historic Oakland Cemetery.  The neighborhood includes a historic district listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

History:

 

The Atlanta Rolling Mill was destroyed after the Battle of Atlanta and on its site the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill began operation in 1881.  Cabbagetown was built as the surrounding mill town and was one of the first textile processing mills built in the south.  It’s primary product was cotton bags for packing agricultural products.  Built during a period when many industries were relocating to the post-Reconstruction South in search of cheap labor, it opened shortly following the International Cotton Exposition, which was held in Atlanta in effort to attract investment to the region. The mill was owned by Jacob Elsas, a German Jewish immigrant. It’s work force consisted of poor families recruited from the Appalachian region of North Georgia.  Elsas built a small community of one and two-story shotgun houses and cottage-style houses surrounding the mill, originally known as Factory Town’ or Fulton Mill Village.  Like most mill town, the streets are extremely narrow with short blocks and lots of intersections.

These are a few explanations as to how the neighborhood received its current 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 houses, so that one could distinctly smell the odor of cooking cabbage coming from the neighborhood.  The 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.  A variation of this legend is that a Ford Model T took a sharp turn at one of the main intersections of Cabbagetown, flipped, and spilled its cargo of cabbages across the street.  Yet another story involves a neighborhood baseball team, while Atlanta History Center documents show references to the name Pearl Park, after the daughter of a developer who built houses directly to the east of the mill houses near modern-day Pearl Street.

At its height, the mill employed 2,600 people.  A protracted strike in 1914-15 failed to unionize the factory’s workforce.  For over half a century Cabbagetown remained home to a tight-knit, homogenous, and semi-isolated community of people whose lives were anchored by the mill, until it closed in 1977.  While the mill itself was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the surrounding neighborhood went into a steep decline following the mill closure.

Accompanying the initialization of Atlanta’s intown renaissance in the early 1990’s, Cabbagetown underwent tremendous growth.  As with many other east side neighborhoods, revitalization was sparked by an influx of artists in the 1980’s, including Panorama Ray, who operated a photo gallery on the main drag, Carroll Street.  Since his death in 1997, Carroll Street has become the home to popular restaurants and serves as a neighborhood gathering spot.

Beginning in 1996, the mill itself has been renovated in to the nations largest residential loft community – the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts – which houses everyone from artists and musicians to business professionals.  In April 1999, a five-alarm fire severely damaged the east building which to date has been renovated and several nearby homes were destroyed.  In 2008 a tornado damaged parts of the loft complex and many of the historic homes and business were destroyed.

Culture:

The Krog Street Tunnel, which connects Cabbagetown and Inman Park, has become the city’s centerpoint for street art, tags and graffiti are present in the Krog Street Tunnel and in adjacent areas of Reynoldstown notably the wall of the CSX Hulsey railyard along Wylie Street.  The art in Cabbagetown is managed by the Wallkeepers Committee of the Cabbagetown Initiative, who in 2012 allowed La Pandilla from Puerto Rico and Trek Matthews from Atlanta to paint two murals at the request of the Living Walls street art orginization.

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    Year built: 1920
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    Home size: 897 sq ft
    Year built: 1920
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