The current UGA School of Social Work building was built in 1858 to be the home of the Athens Manufacturing Company, also known as the Athens Factory. Prior to 1858, previous iterations of Athens Factory buildings were destroyed by fire (twice) and flood (once). Earlier, the site hosted grist and lumber mills.

Major Sources

Athens Manufacturing Company. Minute Book. 1835-1904. MS 1664 Chicopee Manufacturing Company records. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA. Digital Libraries of Georgia,

Carlisle, Olivia B. (2003) Robert Lee Bloomfield of Athens: 1827-1916. Athens Historian, Vol 8., pp. 21-34

Buckingham, James Silk. The Slave States of America. London: Fisher, son & co, 1842. HathiTrust Digital Library, Accessed 23 July 2022.

De Vorsey, Louis, Jr. (1979). Early water-powered industries in Athens Clarke County. In Papers, Volume II. Athens, GA: Athens Historical Society.

Eason, M. P. & Arnold, H. A. (2019). Across the river: The peoples, places, and culture of East Athens. Athens, GA: Authors.

Gagnon, M. J. (2012). Transition to an industrial south: Athens, Georgia 1830-1870. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

Gagnon, M. J. (2000). Industry and discord in Confederate Athens. Athens Historian, 5, Article 2. Retrieved from

McCarthy, J.P., Jr. (1999). Commercial Development and University Reform in Antebellum Athens: William Mitchell as Entrepreneur, Engineer, and Educator.
Source: The Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. 83, No. 1 (SPRING 1999), pp. 1-28 Published by: Georgia Historical Society
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