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Dalton carpet industry gets start with bedspread

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DALTON, Ga. -

More than likely, you've got it in your house right now. Carpet is something that can completely change a room for the better, or worse. We buy it, we clean it, we change it and we often take it for granted.

Much of it comes from the little town of Dalton, Georgia, also known as the "Carpet Capital of the World."

If you've ever driven up Interstate 75 into Dalton, there are signs everywhere that say "carpet."  Have you wondered where did it all start?

In the bedroom of the Hamilton House -- the first brick home in Dalton -- there are some clues: a spinning wheel, scissors, and a picture on the wall of Catherine Evan Whitener.

"She found a pattern of a bedspread in a cousin's attic and she just figured that she's like to re-create it. And so she started the Chenille industry here. And that's kind of what brought Dalton back from the funk of the Civil War, said Hamilton House Docent, Lindsey Derrick.
    
The early hand-made objects led to mass textiles -- which took business through the roof -- or, more appropriately, to the floor.    

"Everyone knows Dalton from making carpet, both my grandparents worked in the carpet industry, and I think everyone who lives in Dalton has someone who has worked in the carpet industry," said Derrick.

So that's the answer; an entire industry built on a bedspread.

Of course, the bedspreads were very popular. There's a good chance you had one, or someone in your family did, and there's a good chance it came from Dalton. The area also made bags and coats, and all of that led to Dalton becoming the carpet capital of the world.

The Hamilton House, which features several historical exhibits having to do with Dalton, is located at 701 Chattanooga Avenue in Dalton.

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