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Tour of the New Manchester Mill Site

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Saturday June 12 we will join Georgia DNR Parks' Interpretive Ranger Sarah Kelehear for a tour of the New Manchester Mill ruins, site of one of the more significant textile mills in the Atlanta area and one which became a target for Sherman's forces.

Topics we look to explore during this tour include its antebellum development, its production during the war, sources for materials, distribution methods for completed goods, timeline of Sherman's activities in the area, and any postwar use. We will also examine its use of slave labor for textile materials, construction, mill labor, and distribution of completed work.

We will commence at 1130am on June 12 at the Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor's Center where we will gather for a picnic lunch. The tour will commence at 12noon. While it is not a difficult walk to the mill site, please be aware that it will be a short hike of .5 mile out and .5 mile back on gravel and dirt trails.

We will bring our own picnic lunches to enjoy at the Visitor's Center and we will wrap up before 2pm. And we will proceed rain or shine so please be prepared for inclement weather.

We will strictly adhere to CDC guidelines such that everyone must wear a mask when indoors, maintain proper social distancing, and bring their own water and lunch. We will drive separate vehicles because some of us are just not quite ready to board a bus yet, but registrants are welcomed to carpool. No mask is required outdoors at the park.

While there will be no fee for this tour, online contributions will support the Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park. Contributions are always welcomed at this web address:


There will be a park entrance fee so please bring $5 cash PER CAR and be prepared to pay upon park entry.

Additional logistical guidance will be distributed when the registration is complete.

While we are limiting registrations, as this tour fills we encourage others to register in standby slots. We have seen some cancellations and welcome standby registrants to join us as space becomes available.

Date: 06/12/2021 (Sat.)

Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm EDT

Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, GA 30122

Created by:   John Miller
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David H. Shull, Jr.
Wood Hughes
Claude Sandy Thomas
Dick Plunkett
Bill and Andera Dodd
sam alston
Carol Willey
Jerome Hunter
Nelda Berry
David Beale
Robert Johnston
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Brad Conley
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