Historic Markers Across Georgia

Cook & Brother Armory Building

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Location: at the intersection of Athens-North Oconee River Greenway and Dr. Martin Luther King Parkway, Athens, GA
County: Clarke
Coordinates: N 33° 57.483    W 083° 21.95
  33.95805    -83.36583333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None
Cook & Brother Armory Building Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Cook & Brother Armory Building
Timeline and Company Name

1862Cook & Brother purchases property at the junction of Trail Creek and the North Oconee River, builds the Armory and produces Enfield-model rifles for the Confederate Army.
1865Cook & Brother Armory closes at the end of the Civil War.
1870Athens Manufacturing company purchases the Armory and moves its weaving operation called Check Factory to this location. R.L. Bloomfield is president until his death in 1916. The Check Factory prospers during World War I and survives the Great Depression. A.G. Dudley becomes president of Athens Manufacturing during this time.
1947After A.G. Dudley's death in 1947, the factory is sold to Chicopee Mills, a division of Johnson and Johnson.
1980 The Chicopee Factory is acquired by the University of Georgia. The building is restored for adaptive use for the UGA Physical Plant Division and the Small Business Development Center.
2005The UGA Physical Plant Division and the UGA Small Business Development Center continue to operate in the Chicopee Complex.

Cook & Brother Armory Building
Photo by David Seibert


Erected 2005.