Thank you for visiting the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail website! Please check out the different sections of the site to explore more information about the purpose of the trail, history of the textile industry, membership, and other resources.
The History of Mandeville Mill
Leroy Clifton Mandeville (born in 1851) was one of the founders of the Mandeville Mill, which was located in Carrollton, Georgia. The home that he shared with his wife and five children, known as “Mandeville Mansion,” still stands in Carrollton, just across the street from Feathers and Twigs and The Fabric Peddler. Stately and impressive from the outside, the house was also one of the first in Carrollton to use electricity and indoor plumbing and, according to local tradition, helped to give Maple Street its name. Supposedly, Leroy Mandeville planted maple trees all along the property surrounding the house to remind his wife, Carrie, of her home state of Vermont. Mandeville lived in this home until he died of a stroke on September 9, 1926. His successors continued to run his mill until 1945, when it was sold due to an economic downturn and never quite recovered. While the old mill has now been converted into an apartment building, historic Mandeville Mansion has served many purposes since the family left its rooms. It has been a record store, a hair salon, a restaurant, and has even served as housing for students from the University of West Georgia.
For those interested in the “spooky” side of Carrollton, a glance around the internet reveals rumors of a haunting at Mandeville Mansion. Supposedly, Eugenia (born in 1878) still roams the halls after having jumped from one of the mansion’s third-story windows when she was 18. Her gravestone tells another story, however. Eugenia, in fact, died in 1913, when she would have been 37 years old.
Mandeville Mansion is currently in danger of being torn down. Though the house has been purchased by a private individual in an attempt to save it, renovation funds are lacking and the owner fears that, without a thorough rehabilitation, the historic home will have to be razed. Many Carrolltonians are invested in trying to keep the mansion as a tangible part of Carrollton’s history and are raising money for the necessary renovations on the 123 year-old mansion.
Textile Trail Conference in LaGrange, April 2014
The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail Annual Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, April 17-18, 2014, at beautiful Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia. We invite you to come and learn about creative ways to preserve and promote textile history in your area while enjoying the locale’s blossoming gardens and unique connection to Georgia’s textile heritage. The conference will feature speakers and workshops on a variety of topics, all designed to help you highlight your community’s ties to history of textile production and use that history to attract visitors who will also enjoy the shopping, dining, and hospitality that your community has to offer.
Please click here to find out more information on the conference!
Below you will find a link to the “Rack Card,” a card with general information about the trail.