Cabbagetown—Atlanta’s historic mill town.
The Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, which began operation in 1881, was built on the site of the Atlanta Rolling Mill which was destroyed after the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War. The Atlanta Rolling Mill was one of the first textile mills built in the south. A small six block community of one and two-story shotgun houses were built around the mill to house the millworkers imported from the Appalachia area and became known as Cabbagetown.
Some believe that the name was attributed to the smell of cooked cabbage emitting from the neighborhood. In the early 1990s Atlanta underwent an in-town renaissance and Cabbagetown experienced a tremendous growth surge. This growth, sparked by an influx of artists who gravitated to the neighborhood’s unconventional vibe, continues until this day.
In 1996 the old Cabbagetown mill was renovated and became the nation’s largest residential loft community featuring new shopping opportunities and a new central park area. Today the area is a wonderful, funky mix of housing, retail and restaurants.
Cabbagetown is connected to the Inman Park area via the Krog Street Tunnel. This tunnel is Atlanta’s street art center point, featuring works by La Pandilla and Trek Matthews.
In November the neighborhood comes alive with the Chomp and Stomp Bluegrass and Chili Festival in honor of the local Appalachian Heritage. The festival features a 5K road race, food, and live music.
Eclectic, one-stop eateries abound in Cabbagetown. Featured among these is the Agave Restaurant on Boulevard Street for southwestern Mexican cuisine; Carroll Street Café and Diner for breakfast; 97 Estoria Restaurant on Wylie Street for lunch and pub food; and Village Pizza Company on Carroll Street for Italian cuisine.
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Also located nearby is the Georgia Institute of Technology, John Marshall Law School, Georgia State University, Emory University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta campus.
The MARTA transit stations that are available to Cabbagetown residents and visitors are the King Memorial Station and the Inman Park Station on the blue / green rail line. Also MARTA Bus 21 is available from the King Memorial Station. In addition, you can take your bike on MARTA and exit at the Inman Park Station for direct access to the Edgewood Avenue bike path.