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.
Bulloch Hall — 1839
180 Bulloch Avenue — 770-922-1731
This magnificent home was built by the grandson of Georgia’s Revolutionary Governor, Archibald Bulloch. It is one of the most significant houses in Georgia. Here, Mittie Bulloch grew up, met a young man from the prominent Roosevelt family of New York, and captured his heart. In this home, the couple wed at Christmastime in 1853. This was the union that produced U.S. President, Teddy Roosevelt. The couple’s other son, Elliott, fathered Eleanor, who became the wife of Franklin and nation’s most beloved First Lady. There is no mystery why Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind, sought out the last living bridesmaid and wrote extensively about the wedding for the Atlanta Journal Magazine.
On the reconstructed service grounds are two slave cabins and a carriage house. One of the cabins showcases living quarters and exhibits that provide opportunities to explore and recognize the role of African Americans in the history of Roswell. This exhibit is dedicated to their legacy.
Smith Plantation — 1845
935 Alpharetta Street — 770-641-3978
In an effort to escape the insects and heat of coastal Georgia, Archibald Smith traveled to Roswell in 1845 with his wife, children and thirty slaves. They built their home on a 300+ acre plantation. Tragedy struck when Smith’s eldest son, Willie, was killed during the Civil War. Perhaps it was Willie’s death that caused the family to hold tight their other possessions. Whatever the reason, Smith Plantation is filled with the family’s original artifacts. See how time has altered this home from the time of slaves working in the fields to a day in 1986 when the family’s descendants sold the home to the City of Roswell on the strict condition that the family’s maid be allowed to live in the house for the remainder of her life.
Smith Plantation is complete with a parson’s room and 10 original outbuildings, among them slave quarters and a spring house.
This building is representative of a slave dwelling at the Archibald Smith Plantation Home. Though the exact age of the structure is unknown, it is believed to be one of the oldest on the site. It is believed to have been used by slaves who cleared the land prior to the construction of the Plantation Home in 1845. In 1940, Archibald Smith’s grandson, Arthur, made alterations to a number of structures on the plantation site. He may have removed a fireplace and chimney from this structure and replaced them with a glass paned window. Only house servants would have occupied cabins located this close to the main home. Field hands would have lived closer to the fields in which they worked.
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The Trilogy Pass allows you to visit all three homes (Barrington, Bulloch and Smith) and may be used over multiple days until you have visited them all.
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