History of the Mill

The Canton Cotton Mill has a rich history, and played an integral part of Canton and Cherokee County’s growth in the early 1900‘s. 

The Mill’s standard for manufacturing fine, quality denim was world renowned. The Mill employed almost the whole town and yet founder, Robert Tyre Jones, knew everyone and their families by name. 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 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 to quality, quantity and delivery of its fine denim. R.T. Jones was often heard speaking these words during his walks in the Mill, “make it better – make it better – make it better”. The Mill employees played a large part in developing this reputation. They all took pride in their work and the denim, which was produced and shipped to many different states throughout our country and later the world. 

R.T. Jones 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. This became one stop shopping for Cherokee County residents. Jones was truly a man ahead of his time!