Residents Fight To Save Remerton Mill

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Remerton, Ga. - June 15, 2012 -

There's a campaign brewing in Remerton, Georgia to save the Strickland Cotton Mill.

The Mill was supposed to be marked for demolition by the city, but that decision has been postponed due to public outcry. The mill is known to be a local landmark, especially with its iconic stove pipe.

The owners can't afford to keep it. The city can't afford to take it. So now a group of local residents have taken it upon themselves to try to save it.

"The mill was the livelyhood of so many families. In fact, you will meet people here in town that are descendents of these mill workers and they speak very fondly of that mill," said Celine Gladwin, architect and Campaign Organizer.

The Mill was founded in 1899. In fact, the City of Remerton, which exists as an island inside the City of Valdosta, was founded because of the mill.

Gladwin says their next meeting is Tuesday. The Remerton City Council will reconvene to discuss the mill's fate in September.

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  • by disgusted on Jun 17, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    IT is amazing how in the US we are so interested in building new structures. New is not always better. Europe has buildings that have been standing for hundreds of years. They preserve these buildings because they are, most times, stronger and more durable than the new structures people want to put up. The inside may need gutting and cleaned up but does the whole structure really need to be demolished
  • by jim bo Location: echols on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
    it is just a rat infested old worn out building. we have bigger problems.the people that built and owned the business are filthy rich if they think the building is worth saving let them restore it not the tax payers. TEAR IT DOWN AND PUT A BAR THERE FOR THE COLLEGE KIDS TO DRINK AND MAKE A FOOL OUT THEMSELVES.
  • by Broke and want jobs on Jun 15, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    How come these people label the city and property owners as greedy for wishing to advance this crummy town that needs something other than an abandoned eye sore or bar, but yet want to use taxpayer money or want someone else to come forward with the money to save the mill (is that not greed). Not one person cared when the mill was sold and offered to take over the burden, but now they all want to yelp about it, most not even being Remerton citizens. Let the owners do as they wish, maybe they can bring jobs and money to each and all. - Put up (the cash) or shut up.
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