Sope Creek Paper Mill Ruins in Marietta, Georgia

Crenelation like battlements overlooking Sope Creek

During the Battle of Atlanta fought during the American Civil War, Atlanta was famously burned to the ground by Union forces. Residents of the city were forced to rebuild from the ground up. One of the relics left remaining from that conflict are the ruins of the old Marietta Paper Mill along the shores of Sope Creek. 

This paper mill was originally constructed in the 1850s and was destroyed by Union troops during the broader Battle of Atlanta. Emerging from the Civil War, the mill was diligently rebuilt, only to be destroyed once again, this time by an accidental fire.

Today, only a few towering stacks of stone remain, along with a partially standing wall conveying a castle-like, crenelation-filled shell, towering precariously over the adjacent creek. 

The site is part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and administered by the National Parks Service. The ruins can be easily found along the Sope Creek hiking trail.