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Red Land Cotton + Southern Makers

Red Land Cotton + Southern Makers

Southern Makers, Y’all!

That’s where it’s at! Or, will be at on August 12th and 13th at the historic Sloss Furnaces! In the Ham!

Seriously (and for those not fluent in Southern), we will be at a great event in Birmingham, AL called Southern Makers, which features artists from the South.

We are excited to be there with so many other talented, hard working people. And to be at Sloss Furnaces is an added bonus!

Haunted History 

The story goes that Sloss Furnaces is haunted. Many believe that the workers who lost their lives in the grueling heat and dangerous work conditions still walk the floors of the remaining structures. Spooky thought, especially since the original furnace began operation in the 1880s. Definitely a lot of history there!

Sloss Furnaces closed its doors in 1971, but the folklore remains alive. All I’m saying…we better be situated in the open-air spaces surrounding Sloss Furnaces come August!

All kidding aside, it is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Sloss Furnaces gives us a glimpse into the industrial age of our nation and honors the people who paid so dearly for America’s rapid growth in the iron and steel industries.

Red Land Cotton + Sloss Furnaces

But beyond the haunted history of Sloss Furnaces, which always grabs people’s attention, is the connection Red Land Cotton has to this old iron mill.

See, Sloss Furnaces took the coal, iron ore and limestone from surrounding areas and transformed these dirty, simple materials into pig iron. The pig iron was then sent to other mills, where it was further processed and turned into steel or cast iron.  

Much like Sloss Furnaces did for 90 years, Red Land Cotton takes the materials of the land and transforms them into something useful, versatile and durable. Into something beautiful.

The idea that our product line begins with the red dirt of Lawrence County, Alabama is an inspiring, almost magical thought. The process is truly a magnificent one. Sloss Furnaces, with its transforming abilities of old, is the perfect venue for us (and others with a story much like ours) to showcase the products we are so proud of.
Hope to see y’all there!  And look for us. We’ll be the ones with heirloom linens billowing in the summer breeze. ;)

Post By: Rachel Eubanks

Rachel Eubanks, a girl blessed with a small-town Alabama raising. She grew a deep appreciation for farming as she watched her father, an extension agent, work alongside farmers for over 30 years. She now lives outside Huntsville, AL and loves writing about farm-to-product companies like RLC.
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