Located in North Fulton County, Georgia, USA, is the city of Roswell. Per the 2010 US Census, the population is at 88,346. In 2017, the population was estimated to be 94,786. As the states eighth-largest city and a suburb of Atlanta, you’ll find that Roswell is quite the affluent historic district.
Roswell was founded in the year 1839 by none other than Roswell King. Roswell King moved to the region in 1836. Roswell King was the owner of Roswell Manufacturing Company and he built a mill that would harness power for the making of textiles. Roswell became an official town by 1854. The Manufacturing plant was twice destroyed by fire, once by Union soldiers in 1864 under orders from General W.T. Sherman. The second fire to destroy the plant was started by lightning.
An early resident of Roswell and an author of Children’s books was named Dr. Francis Goulding. He also invented the first sewing machine however, it’s not associated with his name as he, unfortunately, failed to obtain the patent for the equipment. The daughter of one of the first families in Roswell, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, was the mother of our 26th President. Theodore Roosevelt would grow up in Bulloch Hall. She was the daughter of Major James Stephen Bulloch. Mitties son Elliot would become the father of Eleanor Roosevelt who later married President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was her distant cousin. As Georgia’s eighth-largest city, Roswell’s main growth has been in the most recent 20 years.
There are over 22 parks and 918 acres of facilities and parklands in Roswell. The building for City Hall was completed in the year 1991 for $12 million. Atlanta Magazine has twice chosen Roswell as the best place to reside for the Metro-Atlanta area. The city of Roswell was awarded The City of Excellence Award in 2003 by The Georgia Municipal Association. Roswell has ranked as one of the safest cities to live in for the entire United States per their crime rankings.
Some of the attraction to visit and activities to do while in Roswell include:
Built for Major James Stephens Bulloch, one of the early settlers in Roswell, in the year 1839, this Bulloch Hall is quite significant for the state. It was the site of Mittie Bulloch’s and Theodore Roosevelt Sr.’s wedding.
Another fine example of Greek Revival Temple Architecture, this Barrington Hall was built for the King Family over 160 years ago. Set on 7 acres it’s now listed on the National Register for Historic Places.
Make sure to visit the ruins at Old Mill Park. These ruins are of the Roswell Manufacturing Company. Located at Vickery Creek and the Pedestrian Bridge. These were constructed in 1839 however, they were burned down by Union forces in the Civil War. The covered pedestrian bridge now allows for the best views and access to the walking trails.
This 1845 Smith Plantation Home still contains many of the original buildings and furnishings. This includes the slaves quarters, carriage house, barn and more. At one point in time, Archibald Smith and his family owned the home. The letters that their family wrote during the Civil War were put into a book.
Take the ghost tour and visit the historic landmarks by night. You’ll hear eerie stores such as the hauntings of the mill worker’s apartments and the dark tales regarding the mansions. Reservations are required and smaller children should probably avoid this tour.
Canton Street is home to the dining and shopping scene for Roswell. In the springtime and the fall, this section of town will host Alive in Roswell. This is held on the third Thursday of each month and it allows diners to walk on the pedestrian streets with drinks in hand.
As the first brewery, Gate City Brewing Company took two former mechanic shops and turned them into a sprawling brewery as well as a taproom. They currently serve 20 house brews on tap and frequently have live music as well as other events.
Just a few short blocks away is the Variant Brewing Company. With a diverse lineup, four beers are considered to be year-round as well as other seasonal and specialty choices.
This 127-acre Chattahoochee Nature Center is both educational as well as interpretive. Here, visitors can learn how the river was formed, the ecosystem and it’s all set in a LEED-certified museum. The center also boasts miles of trails as well as native plant gardens to peruse at your leisure.
At one point in time, these trails were home to both the Creek and the Cherokee. Today, the Chattahoochee River and the Trails include both a 7-mile park and recreation area that boasts playgrounds, as well as fishing, picnic areas, bicycle paths, boat ramps and even access points for tubing.