In 1979, the Brookstown Mill restoration project was begun by Doris and Addison Brown of Chicago. Today, the Salem Cotton Company Restaurant, specializing in French cuisine, is located inside. Built in 1837, the mill was the first in the south to use electricity for lighting. Over 95 percent of the original beams and floors are still intact, as is the massive coal-fired boiler that now dominates the restaurant's dining room. Additional shops are planning to open in the mill soon.