The Patch Works Art & History Center
593 Gaskill Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 - United States
The mission of The Patch Works Art & History Center is to preserve, sustain, and maintain the historical identity, relevance, and integrity of Atlanta’s Cabbagetown - a resurging 19th-century milltown community - through exhibits of history, local art, music, and community-based public programs.
Cabbagetown is like an “open air” museum, with much of the original mill village still intact (now private homes) and the 19th-century Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills (now The Stacks condos) silhouetted in the background.
The Patch Works Art & History Center focuses on the first 100 years of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills. Here, patrons can get a glimpse into Jacob Elsas’s life, from the founding of the mill in 1881 to its closing in 1981. On display are original artifacts from Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills, such as the cotton bags that the mill once produced, antique cotton spindles, and a manager’s roll-top desk.
Also featured is the pottery, music, and ready-made art that has shaped Cabbagetown from the 1970’s to today. This portion of the exhibit highlights two women: resident and musician Joyce Brookshire and social-activist and Atlanta City Council Member Esther Peachey Lefever, who were both instrumental in attempting to revitalize the struggling community during the decade-long closing of the mill. In an effort to address residents’ concerns about their well-being, Esther rented a house on Carroll Street and opened a shelter (The Patch, Inc.), where Joyce and she provided socioeconomic support, creative outlets, and educational opportunities for almost 2,000 residents of Cabbagetown.
Tour times are at 10AM and 2PM. Please allow approximately 2-2.5 hours to tour The Patch Works Art & History Center, Cabbagetown, and Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills (now The Stacks condos).
Children (aged 6-17) and Students (with ID): $8
Seniors: (65 and older) $8
Patrons not participating on a paid, guided tour may come to The Patch Works Art & History Center at any time to explore and learn about Cabbagetown’s rich history for free.
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