Cornerstone of the Weekend: John M. Stone Cotton Mills, Starkville, Mississippi

Today’s blog post is a future post on my Instagram account, @CornerstonesInTime where I feature historic buildings and their cornerstones.

The John M. Stone Cotton Mill in Starkville, Mississippi, was built in 1902. According to Mississippi’s Dept. of Archives and History’s page on the cotton mill, “Named for former governor and second president of Mississippi State A & M College, John M. Stone, the cotton mill was neither constructed on the school campus nor supported with college funds. Its association with the school's textile facilities is, however, undeniable.”

The building is now a conference center, wedding and event venue and office space complex called The Mill Conference Center. On its website themillatmsu.com is the following historical account:

1902: Curious crowds from all around made their way to the tiny city of Boardtown to get their first glimpse of electric lights. Lit up at night while workers on the inside produced world-standard quality fabric, those on the outside looked on in awe at the brand new cotton mill, hardly aware the big, bright building would usher their little town into the new century. Production made the town an economic goldmine while statewide industry proved Mississippi was capable of great feats.

Fast-forward to 2015, nearly 50 years after the last thread of “Starkville Chambray” was produced, and The Mill at MSU re-opened with the same excitement and promise as more than 100 years before.

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Former John M. Stone Cotton Mills, Starkville, Mississippi … Photo by Caroline Pugh

Former John M. Stone Cotton Mills, Starkville, Mississippi … Photo by Caroline Pugh

Cornerstone … Photo by Caroline Pugh

Cornerstone … Photo by Caroline Pugh