About Us

The Cotton Room, is an all-inclusive NC wedding venue featuring innovative cuisine, expert planning, and inspired decor.  But the space is more than just an event venue; it’s a sign of hometown pride. For business owners Dodd and Michelle Aldred, coming back to Durham to open The Cotton Room was almost instinctive. Michelle, a Durham native, knew from the moment she visited Golden Belt’s campus that there was an amazing opportunity to pay homage to Durham’s history, preserve its unique architecture, and help revitalize a campus that was once the heartbeat of the city’s downtown.

The Cotton Room is located in downtown Durham’s Golden Belt campus, the first gold-certified LEED historic campus in the Southeast. The Golden Belt Manufacturing Company was founded by Julian Shakespeare Carr in 1900 as a textile factory and produced cotton pouches for Bull Durham tobacco.

The Cotton Room also lends itself as the perfect holiday party venue, and alternative and unique corporate meeting place.