The old site of Martha Mills, a branch of the B.F. Goodrich Company tire manufacturers. The mill represented one of the world's largest plants for the exclusive manufacture of tire cord. With 135,000 spindles in operation, 325 bales of cotton were used daily.

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Comments (18)

Marilyn Whiteley on February 2, 2008

Sad and all to widespread a story!

MaryAlice on February 4, 2008

Marilyn: Indeed, it is very sad. So many families were out of jobs. You are right though, it is a widespread story.

Jerry Turner on November 2, 2008

A wonderful old building!! I sure do hope that it'll be preserved and used.

MaryAlice on November 2, 2008

Good evening, Jerry.

They are actually tearing this place down as we speak. I heard that they were going to use some sections of it for apartments. Who knows?

It's such a sad shame, as it was a wonderful building in it's time.

Thank you for your visit.

Best regards,

Mary Alice

Jerry Turner on November 6, 2008

That's one of our problems in American as compared with Europe. We don't value our buildings like they do. We build wonderful arenas and school houses and then tear them down.

Thomasville has done a good job saving our old buildings.

MaryAlice on November 6, 2008

Greetings, Jerry!

You are absolutely right about this.

It's good to know that Thomasville is better at valuing what they have. Maybe years from now, you'll still have some interesting buildings to photograph.

It's nice to hear from you again.


Mary Alice

THOMASTON on December 9, 2008

I love the structure of these old buildings. My mother's home is located on the north side of Martha Mills where the site is not as pretty as the front. There have been several occupants to come but they never stay long. I am glad they are tearing it down instead of allowing it to just stay and continue to become a soar eye in the neighborhood. I believe if they allow residential developement on that land it will increase the property value in the neighborhood. Hopefully, they will only keep the front of the building as a land mark.

MaryAlice on December 9, 2008

Good evening to you, Thomaston!

Do you live in Thomaston? I was born and raised there, and, as I'm sure you've noticed, have posted quite a few photographs from the area.

I, too, love the structure of these beautiful old buildings, but I would have to agree with you that most of this one is quite an eye soar.

It's too bad they couldn't have restored it to a pretty building and used it for something productive, but alas, we know that's not going to happen.

Thanks for stopping by this old place. It's always nice to hear from someone who is familiar with my postings.

Enjoy your evening,

Mary Alice

croninla on December 17, 2008

I'm with French Consuling Company located in Richmond, VA. We recently purchased Martha Mills with great intentions! We are salvaging the interior wood and processing it into reclaimed flooring. We also hope to include other various architectural pieces.

We truly value the history and richness of Martha Mills. We plan to tell the story to all of our customers. As for the building itself, nothing has been finalized. Whatever happens we will be sure to continue to tell its remarkable story.

Our company's website is The store website for the design space that will be selling the reclaimed flooring is (it's still in the works). Please let me know if you all have any other questions. I'd love to get your feedback!

MaryAlice on December 18, 2008

Good afternoon to you, Croninla, and thank you so much for stopping by and leaving all of this very interesting information.

I was not aware of who had actually bought the property, or what it's fate was.

I'm happy to learn all of this, and know that you're actually saving and selling the flooring, and that it will carry on into someone else's life.

Do you have any idea what is to become of this part of the mill? ( the main building that I photographed above?)

Thank you again for sharing this with me on here. I am so excited to hear from you.

Merry Christmas!

Best regards,

Mary Alice

croninla on December 22, 2008

I'm happy to keep you all informed! While it is not certain what will become of the building itself, there are no plans to tear it down. I will sure to keep you informed as time progresses.

In the meantime, continue to check out once it's up and running.

Merry Christmas!

MaryAlice on December 22, 2008

Thanks so much for writing back again, Croninla!

I will look forward to hearing from you again when and if you find out what is to become of the old mill building.

It's great to hear that there are no plans to tear it down. That's fantastic news.

I will check out your site once it's up and running, and thank you again!

Merry Christmas to you also!

Best regards,

Mary Alice

vld9 on September 28, 2009

I went back to see what's new ... Excellent ... The house beautiful

MaryAlice on September 29, 2009

Greetings, Vld9, and thank you for visiting! I'm glad that you enjoyed this old building. It was once a very large mill here in Georgia, but it is now completely closed for business.

I hope this evening finds you well, and thank you again for stopping by.

Best regards from the USA,

Mary Alice

vld9 on September 29, 2009


MaryAlice on September 30, 2009

Big smiles back to you as well, Vld9! =)

anthony35 on July 7, 2013

That place employed the residents of the area for 102 years. Then greedy corporate men sent those jobs to Mexico. Truly a shame and angers me when I think about it.

MaryAlice on July 8, 2013

Anthony, I'm sorry to bring about such angry thoughts. I agree, it is such a shame that so many jobs and families were lost when the work was sent elsewhere. It's happening more and more around here, as I see so many places shutting down for the same reasons. These mills were the very backbone of our community for so long. Truly a shame indeed. :(

Mary Alice

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