The Cotton Room is an all-inclusive wedding venue and event space featuring timeless architecture, 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 always an important ambition.
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 structure that was once part of the heartbeat of the city’s downtown area. The results of the Golden Belt restoration effort which began in 2007 are a stylish yet historic location which includes apartments and lofts, offices, retail spaces and restaurants, and event space.
The Cotton Room is a beautiful event venue in this newly-renovated Golden Belt campus, the first gold-certified LEED historic site in the Southeast. The Golden Belt Manufacturing Company boasts a long, notable history, and it was founded by Julian Shakespeare Carr in 1900 as a textile factory, producing cotton pouches for Bull Durham Tobacco. Learn more about the history of our location by visiting our history page today.