The Canton Cotton Mill, with its rich history, was an integral part of Canton and Cherokee County’s growth in the early 1900‘s. The Mill set the standard for the manufacturing of fine quality denim that was world renowned. The Mill employed almost the whole town but yet founder, Robert Tyre Jones, knew everyone by name and their families. The location of the Canton Cotton Mill was ideal, due to the nearby Etowah River and the Georgia Northeastern Railroad. As the business grew, the Mill building expanded as did the town of Canton.
Many of the local cotton farmers, whom were visited by Mr. R.T. during his buggy rides in the country, sold their entire cotton crops to the Mill. The Canton Cotton Mill was known for keeping its commitment for quality, quantity and delivery of its fine denim. R.T. Jones was known for speaking these words during his walks in the Mill…”make it better – make it better – make it better“. The Mill employees were also important in developing the reputation for its high quality denim. They all took pride in their work and the denim that was produced and shipped to so many different states throughout our country and later the world.
R.T. Jones also built Canton Cotton Mill #2 in 1925 a few miles away in Canton…now the Canton Mill Loft Apartments. He also opened Jones Mercantile in 1879 in town for one stop shopping for Cherokee County residents. Truly a man ahead of his time.
Giving Back to Canton-
We will sell Canton Cotton Mill t-shirts and donate 100% of the profits to the Cherokee Family Violence Center. They are a non-profit organization that provides a variety of free services to domestic violence survivors and their families in our community.