The History of Empire Mills
Built on the historic Empire Cotton Oil Mill, Empire Mills encompasses the charm of the turn of the century property and blends the modern with the old. The 17,000 sq. ft. property includes the spacious 12,000 sq. ft. banquet hall that can hold up to 436 guests, a 4,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose room that can seat up to 230 guests, and a cozy bridal or staging suite.
Empire Mills was originally built in 1913 by the Empire Mills Cotton Company. The original cotton gin sits in the center of the property and has been transformed into a beautiful space suitable for a chapel, music hall or event space. The Banquet Hall runs parallel to the train tracks with many of the original bricks and bay doors still intact. With the addition of three enormous locally welded iron chandeliers, the Banquet Hall offers rustic elegance for events of up to 500 guests. It is flanked with an interior courtyard which features the original red corrugated metal blacksmith shed and antique syrup kettle fire drums. Also on property is a bridal cottage which served as the original office for the mill, and a separate room with loft space where the groom and groomsmen can relax in style with comfortable sofas and a flat screen television.
Hallie Duan purchased the property in 2012 and within the guidelines of the Georgia State Historic Preservation Division and the National Park Service, has renovated and restored this beautiful gem while adding modern design elements and amenities to suit the specific needs of a modern day venue.
Hallie Jane’s Catering
Within the property sits Hallie Jane’s Catering, the area’s premier catering company that provides an array of eclectic, masterfully created dishes sure to exceed the expectations of the most disciplined of pallets. The self-described “boutique caterer” along with HJC’s talented, professional staff provides immaculate service with a talent for having a propensity for attention to detail.