To accommodate the hoards of workers that were working long hours in east Atlanta’s cotton mills, cotton mill owners erected the historic housing district nestled next to Oakland Cemetery in the late 1800s.
The houses with Victorian decoration, situated next to the Neo-Romanesque factory buildings, lacked indoor plumbing and electricity well into the 20th century.
Cabbagetown, (where the name came from is still hotly debated), was the epitome of live, work and play with homes that ranged from tiny cottages to bungalows that remain today. The mill neighborhood featured medical and childcare services, library, baseball field and recreation space.
– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust