CONFERENCE CENTER

The Mill at Mississippi State features the area’s newest and finest convention center, a state-of-the-art facility in a spacious and historic building. The Mill’s conference center is tailor-made to fit the needs of weddings, meetings and social events in a newly-renovated facility. The National Parks Registry of Historic Buildings marks this amazing structure as the only mill in the southeast open to the public today.

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OFFICE SPACE

With all 38,000 square feet of the second floor devoted to NSPARC’s world-class research center, opportunities remain on the ground floor of The Mill for custom-fitted office spaces. The Mill at MSU is resuming its role as Starkville’s economic hub, a title it was given more than a century ago when the cotton mill first opened.

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COURTYARD STARKVILLE

With views of the football stadium from the front door, Courtyard Starkville is the city’s newest home for overnight accommodations, featuring 105 rooms, two restaurants, an outdoor pool, a fitness facility and a complimentary parking garage, all located within walking distance of the Mississippi State campus and the historic Cotton District. We’ll take care of everything. You just have to get here.

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ABOUT THE MILL

More than 100 years of history went into the making of The Mill at Mississippi State, a century of economic prosperity ultimately leading to the re-birth of The Mill as the fabric of Starkville and the economic driver of the area. Just as it was when the cotton mill opened in 1902, so it is today that The Mill at MSU serves Starkville as the gateway to Mississippi State and a bridge to the community.
As our friends at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum have happily displayed down the street, the historic building blossomed into a neighborhood of local commerce, trade and housing when it opened, and the opening of The Mill at MSU has done the same for the most vibrant part of town.
Events at our convention center, dinners at our restaurants or deals struck in our business offices and retail spaces – The Mill has returned to its former splendor, woven into the heart of Mississippi.

HISTORY

1902, curious crowds from all around made their way to the tiny city of Boardtown to get their first glimpse of electric lights. Lit up at night while workers on the inside produced world-standard quality fabric, those on the outside looked on in awe at the brand new cotton mill, hardly aware the big, bright building would usher their little town into the new century. Production made the town an economic goldmine while statewide industry proved Mississippi was capable of great feats.
Fast-forward to 2015, nearly 50 years after the last thread of “Starkville Chambray” was produced, and The Mill at MSU re-opened with the same excitement and promise as more than 100 years before. Peruse our full timeline for our historic tale.

TIMELINE

1902

1902

In the early days of the cotton mill, people came from all over not for the high-grade fabric being produced, but to catch a glimpse of something they’d never seen in action: electricity. The lights of the mill shining each night were symbolic of what the building would come to mean to the city of Starkville: a tiny dot on the map named Boardtown that was unaware of the journey it had just begun.

1916

1916

Few things were as important to the cotton mill and to the city as the moment J.W. Sanders decided to buy Starkville’s mill and make it part of Sanders Industries. Under his guidance, the mill became one of the most successful of its kind across the country and was an economic driver in both the city and the state. The Sanders family proved to be among Mississippi’s most powerful and influential groups.

1928

1928

After over a decade of success, Sanders made the decision to expand the cotton mill and increase production to meet the booming demand for their signature “Starkville Chambray” thread. By the time expansion was complete, the mill was producing the Chambray at a rate of 1.5 million yards annually, one of the largest providers in the United States.

1937

1937

Following his father’s passing, then-G.M. Robert David Sanders took over Sanders Industries, beginning an even greater expansion in the work and influence of his family’s company. With the younger Sanders at the helm, the company began producing clothing and assorted items made from the Starkville Chambray, and it was his campaign “What Mississippi Makes, Makes Mississippi” that helped change perceptions of the growing industrial state.

1947

1947

When World War II hit the country, demand for fabric grew to an all-time high. By the time the war concluded, the cotton mill was producing 160,000 yards of fabric per week, running 24 hours a day on three eight-hour shifts. The mill had become the center of town with its own community of houses surrounding the area, complete with a church, hospital, school, weekly meat market and even a fire station run out of the tower seen today at the front of the building.

1965

1965

After 60 years of a mutually beneficial relationship between school and mill, Mississippi State University bought the recently-closed cotton mill and re-named it the Cooley Building, home to the school’s physical plant. For decades MSU had been a pipeline of trained workers for the mill, making it fitting for the university to save the building and keep it intact for its soon-to-be-realized future.

2015

2015

Over a century after the cotton mill first opened in Boardtown, The Mill re-opened in Starkville to once again take its place as the city’s economic hub, a center of commerce and community re-shaping the town and ushering it onward just like it did 100 years before. The cotton mill then and The Mill at MSU now both represent a gateway to the university and a bridge to the community.

A special thanks to the OKTIBBEHA COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM for helping us discover the long and incredible history of The Mill

CONFERENCE CENTER

The biggest and newest conference center in the area, The Mill is one of the most unique convention facilities in the country, combining the history and character of Mississippi with the comforts and capabilities of the modern era. For events big or small, upscale or casual, we tailor to fit your needs.

*Courtyard by Marriott hotel will answer. Please just ask for The Conference Center*
662-338-3116

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COURTYARD STARKVILLE

With views of the football stadium from the front door, Courtyard Starkville is the city’s newest home for overnight accommodations, featuring 105 rooms, two restaurants, an outdoor pool, a fitness facility and a complimentary parking garage, all located within walking distance of the Mississippi State campus and the historic Cotton District. We’ll take care of everything. You just have to get here.

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OFFICE SPACE

Already home to several of Starkville’s respected businesses, custom-made and individually-tailored office and business space remains on the ground level of The Mill, with more to come in the near future across The Mill at MSU property. Spaces are designed and built to fit the needs of the occupants in Starkville’s most vibrant part of town.

Castle Properties
(662) 244-7099 – mark@casprop.net

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RESTAURANT

Coming soon to The Mill at MSU: a fine-dining establishment in the heart of the city, directly adjacent to The Mill and down the street from both the Cotton District and Mississippi State University.

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Parking:

1. Parking Garage: 456 spaces for use of all employees of The Mill; 550, restaurant, conference center guests and overflow parking
2. Parking lot in front of The Mill: 55 spaces for guests of tenants of the Mill only
3. Parking lot in NW corner: 58 spaces for use by guests/customers of 550 and Restaurant

MSU Home Game Days: When a home football game is being hosted by MSU then parking will be limited. Please watch for instructions on site.

Deliveries:

Large deliveries can only be made after giving prior notice to building management.
Please contact: (662) 244-7099 or laynette@casprop.net to make arrangements.