The last houses in the old Aldora Mill village in Barnesville will soon be a thing of the past.

It is adjacent to the Aldora Mill. In Barnesville near highway 342 bypass.

The old mill was operated by General Tire and now is a division of Continental Tire. The tire cord facility continues to thrive and expansion is on the horizon.

Over the years, much of the village was demolished for expansion. The old sewerage system has now decayed to the point that it will be closed.

Lamar County officials had camera through the sewer system out there and the only things holding it together are roots and baby wipes,” reported former Barnesville mayor Jimmy Matthews who grew up in the village and now serves on the Aldora town council along with Joe Penley and Bruce Akins.

The remaining residents are on notice they have to be out by July 1, 2018. Houses that become vacant before then will not be rented.

Residents who move on or before March 1, 2018 will get $2000 in relocation assistance.

At present, there are indications an entrepreneur will come in and move the existing village homes to another location, refurbish them and rent them out or sell them.

The infrastructure surrounding and beneath the village will be rebuilt and then developers will be invited to build homes within what is envisioned as a gated community with a lot of green space.

“It is going to be nice. Our goal is to make it an asset; make it a showplace the community can be proud of,” Matthews concluded.

WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their Assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at