Crown Mill Historic District

Chattanooga Avenue Dalton, Georgia

Cotton mill and village


Crown Cotton Mill Office Building

Now used by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society.

Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in June 2010



Street Views 


Cotton mill and village


Chattanooga Times Free Press


1840: John Hamilton, a civil engineer who had moved south to work with the Western and Atlantic Railroad, constructs Daltonís oldest brick home

1884: Crown Cotton Mill, Daltonís first large industry, opens and the Hamilton House is sold to the mill

1887: Crown Mill Store is built as a store for employees and residents

1890: Crown Gardens & Archives is built as offices for Crown Cotton Mill

1969: Crown Cotton Mill closes the cotton mills

1970s: Crown Cotton Mill is renamed CrownAmerica and manufactures yarn for the carpet industry

1976: The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society begins using Crown Gardens & Archives as a historical museum and resource center

mid-1990s: Crown America closes and Lane and Mary Ann Hamilton purchase the old mill, Crown Garden & Archives, the Hamilton House and Crown Mill Store

1997: The historical society purchases the Hamilton House

2000: The old mill is sold and converted to Crown Mill Village (apartments and townhomes) and the Hamiltons donate Crown Gardens & Archives to the historical society

2009: The Hamilton family donates the Crown Mill Store to the city

Sources: Whitfield-Murray Historical Society brochures, Erik Gallman, historical society executive director, George Hamilton, descendent of John Hamilton

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 30, 1979
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Stick/Eastlake
Areas of significance
Industry; Community Planning and Development; Landscape Architecture; Commerce; Engineering; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling; School; Manufacturing facility; Specialty store
Current functions
Single dwelling; Manufacturing facility; Multiple dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 55
Contributing sites: 1


Brick (42,462)
Cotton mill (1)
Dalton, Georgia (11)
District (10,505)
Georgia (3,073)
Have Street View (46,110)
Private owner (54,398)
Stick/Eastlake (870)
Victorian (19,698)
Whitfield County, Georgia (36)

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • June 27, 2010: Essay added by Eddie Douthitt
  • June 27, 2010: New photos from Eddie Douthitt