Southern mill villages such as Atco were close-knit communities, with houses for workers, churches, schools, stores, community centers, and more. The history and stories of Atco are now being shared in a Facebook public group, which is the subject of today’s Follow Friday post.
Atco Group organizer Yvonne has gathered a wealth of information that transcends the boundaries of Atco and Cartersville, Georgia. In addition to information about the people who lived and worked in Atco, you can find information about life in mill villages in general.
Atco, Georgia, The Village
Atco stands for the American Textile Company. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find on the site:
- ATCO Began with 40 Homes, Expanded to 291
- Like One Big Family: A Former Textile Worker Describes the Closeness of the Southern Mill Village in the 1920s
- Textile Mills, Gone But Not Forgotten
- Baseball was the Only Game in a Mill Town
- Gospel Singer Leroy Abernathy and ATCO
- Christmas in the Village
- The Historic Cotton Mill Village
- Great photos and personal stories
My dad grew up in the Atco village and played baseball for the team when he was in high school, so this group has special meaning to me. While reading the discussion on Rudy York, who played baseball for the Atco team before he played for the Detroit Tigers, I discovered that my uncle Johnnie played baseball on the Atco team with York.
Visit Atco, Georgia, The Village. You never know what you might discover!
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