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The Ruins in Sweetwater Creek State Park

ruins of New Manchester Manufacturing Company mill, Sweetwater Creek

The first time I visited Sweetwater Creek State Park, I couldn’t believe this hidden gem was only a 30-minute drive from my house in Atlanta.

Located in the east end of Douglas County, Sweetwater Creek was made a state park in 1972. It spans 2,549 acres and encompasses the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company – a 160-year-old textile mill burned down under the command of General William Sherman in the Civil War.

The mill was constructed from natural resources and used the water from Sweetwater Creek to sustain cotton production for a once booming industry.

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