Logo Hightower Mills and Falls
near Rockmart, GA
All Text & Images:
Copyright (2013)

In 1845, Elias Dorsey Hightower purchased about 2000 acres on Euharlee Creek, near the Antioch community of Polk
County.   Expanding on an existing wooden grist mill operation, he erected a stone structure comprised of a grain mill
and carding plant.   Hightower established a cotton gin in the wood building on the creek; later a tannery and syrup mill
were added.   The mills operated into the 1930s.   In 1972, Hightower Falls Park opened to the public; it was short-lived.

The present owners preserve the beauty and history of this site, while offering private bookings for special events.
A link to their website can be found at the bottom of this page.


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Stone ruins of the cotton gin on left, Hightower Falls to right.


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A similar view from 1901.   Cotton gin on the left; grist and woolen
mill building (now gone) at right on the creek below the waterfall.
Source: Vanishing Georgia, Georgia Archives, Office of Secretary of State



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Hightower Falls


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Footbridge, with mill ruins and falls beyond...


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Approaching the ruins of the cotton gin/mill...


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View through a window...


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Door opening with brick arch



A variety of images taken from inside the gin/mill ruins:

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Interior



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Forsythia next to the outside wall.   Another wall, perhaps
part of an earlier structure, is visible in the background.



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A different angle on the ruin...


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Reflection of the falls in the pool...



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A view through the trees from downstream



A trail climbs the steep ridge and loops around upstream from the waterfall:

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Looking down on the ruins


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Remains of an old mill dam upstream from the top of the falls.


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Panorama of the ruined upper dam.   I have an old photo of another
small dam at the upper lip of the main falls, but saw no remains of it.



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Boulders alongside Euharlee Creek, above the falls.



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Coming down the ridge on the other side, behind the ruins, I spotted the
remains of another small dam on a branch that feeds into the main creek.




Back in the main gorge, I wandered around some more:

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A close-up view of Hightower Falls


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Sycamore bark


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Mill dam spillway


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Footbridge and flowering tree


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Pink Camellia


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St. Francis in the garden


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One final view of the falls...



For information on booking an event at the Hightower Falls facility, click on this link.



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