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Cotton Mill History

River Mill History

Once known as the Eagle Cotton Mill, this outstanding complex was built by local builders Robert Rankin and James White in 1884 for the Eagle Cotton Company of Pittsburgh. The six acre river parcel contained the main four-story "mill" building, an adjunct office wing, a two-story "boiler" building, a three-story "cotton picker" and one "cotton separation" building.

The main building was designed at 150 lbs/sqft to support a 10,000 spindle mill together with the live load of the largest workforce in Madison at the time...

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Project Overview

River Mill Preservation Company is pleased to announce the development of the River Mill Resort Project located at the corner of Vaughn Drive and St Michaels Avenue in the midst of Madison, Indiana's National Historic Landmark District. The existing buildings on this property were built in 1884 and together they make up the original Eagle Cotton Mills complex. River Mill Preservation Company is renovating this historic landmark and reopening the doors as River Mill Resort, a multi/ adaptive re-use development. When completed, this chic newly renovated boutique museum hotel will serve a niche market with discriminating taste.

Project Highlights

River Mill Resort provides 74 river view and courtyard hotel rooms in the main building ranging from standard, junior suites and one and two bedroom king suites. The support structures will feature a theater, spa, retail, restaurant, arts and educational studios, including a lofted night club with sunset views of the Ohio River. A newly completed two mile River Walk traverses the site, offering access to outdoor venues within the historic neighborhoods and natural environment.

Hotel guests will enjoy a variety of cuisine options and entertainment attractions including a five star restaurant and lounge, a wine bar, a night club and barista café. Executive boardrooms and meeting rooms are plentiful including almost ten thousand square feet of unique conference space. The boutique hotel's amenities will include 24 hour room service, a full service spa, a state of the art fitness center and an outdoor veranda with views of the river valley. Gardens, educational, art and museum venues as well as a marina round out the six acre campus.

River Mill Resort Complex

River Mill Resort is a unique "green preservation" experiential development in the midst of historic Madison and its beautiful riverfront. All planned construction will incorporate green practices while preserving the historic integrity of the buildings or the character of the neighborhood. This includes using sustainable materials, energy efficient engineering systems as well as employing water and land conservation techniques.

Hotel guests will welcome the allure that the historic and scenic inland waterway system enjoys. Our 74 lofts are beautifully appointed with handcrafted signature furniture and comprise the upper three floors with garden and scenic river views. A spa, salon and health center are for your pleasure and relaxation. The main floor has meeting and catering facilities for businesses, private events or industry conventions.

Patrons will have a choice of several eateries specializing in regional organic meats and vegetables, crafted beers, wines and drink. These can be entertained within a rich architectural backdrop of the site and surrounding village, extending from the New Orleans inspired courtyard to the Parisian sidewalk café to the floral terraces that view the forested hillsides and verdant bottomlands. Plan to attend one of our foodways workshops in the educational kitchen below the quaint Scotts Garden Grocery.

Stop at one of our specialty shops by day and visit the Mimosa Theater or Cotton Gin Hideaway during your evening. Live music, indie movies and theatrical performances are for your daily entertainment.

Water lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will delight in recreational activities emanating from our outdoor center. Fishing, boating, hiking and biking are "at play" in River Mill Resort. Whether it's a jaunt on a personal watercraft on the Ohio River or exploring the walkable neighborhoods of River Mill Village, there is revelry in outdoor life.


  • Concierge and free valet parking
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Full Service Restaurant
  • Theater and Entertainment Venues
  • Bar and Nightclub
  • Music and Dancing
  • Spa and Salon
  • Health and Fitness Center
  • Educational Facilities
  • Conference Accommodations
  • Catering and Educational Kitchen
  • Event Space
  • Ballroom and Wedding Bookings
  • Outdoor Gardens
  • Shops and Galleries
  • Inland Waters Rivercraft Museum
  • Marina
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Bicycle, Boat and Electric Vehicle Rentals
  • Regional Leisure and Cultural Attractions

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Historic Madison

Old Map of Madison

Madison celebrated its 200th birthday in 2009. It has inspired the likes of artists, poets and historians during its storied history. The esteemed Charles Kuralt once called Madison "...the most beautiful river town in America." When a Michigan museum curator was first introduced to Madison he exclaimed," Put a fence around the entire town and don't let anyone touch anything in it!" During World War II the Office of War Information selected Madison as the 'typical American town' and made movies of it in thirty-two languages to distribute world-wide, designed to remind our troops what they were fighting for.

Life Magazine chose Madison as the most pleasant small town in the country in which to live. Its 19th century architecture, a mix of period styles, has been praised as the most beautiful in the Midwest; and, its setting on the banks of the Ohio River, against a backdrop of wooded hills and limestone bluffs, is equally as lovely. In 2006, the entire town was designated a National Historic Landmark. No wonder it was chosen by Midwest Living Magazine as the number four ranking in their top 100 list of must-see destinations.

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River Mill Resort is within easy driving distance of three major metropolitan areas. Cincinnati is an hour upriver while Louisville is 45 minutes downstream. Indianapolis rests 1.5 hours to its north. A major benefit is the geographical proximity to its beautiful sister state Kentucky, a stone's throw across the Ohio River. Here is a list of links to attractions in Madison and surrounding areas. Take an unusual rigorous hike from the resort along the waterfront boardwalk through the Heritage Trail up to Clifty Falls State Park or a short scenic drive to Belle Terra Casino.

Winding Road