Barrington Hall — 1842
535 Barrington Drive — 770-640-3855
In the 1830s Roswell King and his son, Barrington, co-founded the colony now known as Roswell. Barrington built his home on the highest point, overlooking the town. Today, this home is recognized as one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country. It is also listed as one of Atlanta’s 50 Most Beautiful Homes. Barrington Hall has the only antebellum garden in metro Atlanta that is open to the public. Also located on the magnificent grounds are the smoke house, ice house, a barn, and two wells.
It was said about the Kings and their successful Roswell Manufacturing Company: These mills and the whole country around here is owned by King & Co., they own all the stores, provisions, etc.: they allow no liquor sold in the town, and in truth run everything to suit themselves. Had their own paper currency, which circulated all through this country as better than confederate scrip. (From the History of Chicago Board of Trade Battery by John A. Nourse from records at the Chicago Historical Society, referencing July 7, 1864).
Barrington King was instrumental in the development of the successful textile mills of the Roswell Manufacturing Company, a leading supplier of goods to the Confederacy. Six of Barrington King’s sons served in the Confederate forces; 2 were killed and 2 were injured. This photo is of the Ice House that is still located on the grounds of Barrington Hall.