Milstead was founded by Frank Milstead. He opened his cotton mill as Milstead Manufacturing Company in 1902 on the site of an old paper mill on the Yellow River. The mill was later owned by Callaway Mills. (see Callaway Historical Marker)
From 1902 until it's closing in 1960 and 1961 the Milstead thrived. The mill provided it's employees with bungalow homes, paved streets and sidewalks, a golf course, tennis courts, a bowling alley, a private school and a swimming pool. The mill sponsored a semipro baseball teem that competed with other mill town teams throughout Georgia.
Frank Smith wrote a book about Milstead in 2001 titled "Looking Back: Fond Memories of Bygone Days".
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Rockdale County Historical Atlas - 1874 to present
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|A Visit Will Take You Back In Time - by Frank Smith|
|The Milstead Family and the beginning of the Mill|
|Baby photo of Frank Milstead - founder of Milstead Manufacturing Company, Milstead, Georgia|
|Construction of Milstead Mill and Village|
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