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Jacob Elsas opened the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mill in 1881, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, employed 2,600 people at its height, and remained the backbone of the Cabbagetown community until it closed in 1977. Today, the six-block community, once known as Factory Town or Fulton Mill Village, contains a myriad of early 1900s one- and two-story shotgun houses - many of which once housed millworkers - as well as refurbished bungalows, farmhouse Victorians and new construction.
Cabbagetown is considered Atlanta's oldest industrial settlement and in 1996 - the year that Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics and a time of loft conversions throughout the city - the mill was turned into Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts, which is now reportedly the nation's largest residential loft community.
The drive to Midtown or downtown is less than 20 minutes and many neighborhoods are within walking distance of restaurants, schools and parks. Cabbagetown also hosts an exciting event every year called the Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival, which draws a crowd of 19,000 and features music, food and a short marathon. The region also has a great mix of stores and restaurants including Agave Restaurant, Carroll Street Café, Ria’s Bluebird Café, 97 Estoria, Stone Soup Kitchen, and Little’s Food Store.
The schools serving Cabbagetown include College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, Oakhurst Elementary, Winnona Park Elementary, Fifth Avenue School, Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School. The private schools include Friends School of Atlanta.
No one is quite sure how Cabbagetown got its current name, but there are quite a few popular theories. They include a cabbage-carrying train or car overturning and spilling its contents and a preponderance of cabbage-loving home gardeners. Still others say that it was simply a nickname given by regional cab drivers.