Whenever I take visiting friends through Cabbagetown, I’m inevitably asked the same question:
Why is it called Cabbagetown?
There are several theories, and thanks to Wikipedia, I can share them with you:
1. The mostly transplanted poor Appalachian residents (largely of Scots-Irish descent) who worked in the nearby Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, would grow cabbages in the front yards of their shotgun houses, and one could distinctly smell the odor of cooking cabbage coming from the neighborhood. This term was used originally with derision by people outside the neighborhood, but it soon became a label of pride for the people who lived there.
2. A train carrying a load of cabbages derailed by the mill adjacent to the neighborhood, and the poor residents quickly accumulated the cabbages, and used them in just about every meal. A variation of this legend has a Ford Model T taking a sharp turn at one of the main intersections of Cabbagetown, and flipping over spilling its cargo of cabbages across the street. Someone yelled “”Free Cabbages!”” and they were soon carted away by the residents.
3. A local cab company operating off Memorial Drive gave nicknames to various neighborhoods that they serviced. The mill town was called Cabbagetown (maybe because of the cooking cabbage) and it stuck.
To learn more about the Cabbagetown Neighborhood Association, click here.
To learn more about Cabbagetown Market, the local market (full of locally grown, organic vegetables) and lunch counter (their sandwiches rock), click here.
For tons of information and a variety of recipes on Stuffed Cabbage, one of my all time favorites, click here.