Roswell Mills and Old Mill Park
95 Mill View Ave.
Roswell, GA 30075
One of the most beautiful areas in Roswell is the Old Mill Trail along Vickery Creek. Here, ruins of the Roswell Manufacturing Company mills are found. Constructed in the 1800s, these mills were among the most successful in Georgia and a leading provider of goods to the Confederacy during the Civil War. A 30-foot dam and millrace were constructed to supply power to run the mills.
Notice the 1853 Machine Shop, the only existing building left of the original 1839 Roswell Manufacturing Company. The building is a two story brick building and is late Georgian in style. The interpretive trail to the left of the Machine Shop will allow you to view the old mill ruins and the waterfall created by the dam. (Wear proper hiking shoes)
To the right of the Old Machine Shop is the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge This bridge links to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area and allows you to enjoy the forest and a hike to the Chattahoochee River.
Lost Mill Workers of Roswell
Sloan Street Park
75 Sloan Street
Theophile Roche, a French citizen, had been employed by the cotton mills and later the woolen mill. In an attempt to save the mills, he flew a French flag in hopes of claiming neutrality. However, the letters CSA (Confederate States of America) were found on cloth being produced. For two days the mill was spared, but on July 7, after it was proven that the claim of being neutral was false, General Sherman ordered everyone connected with the mill to be charged with treason. The nearby cotton mill was also destroyed. Mill workers, mostly women and children since the men were fighting the war, were arrested, charged with treason and sent north to uncertain fates. One of the women involved in this tragedy was pregnant and working as a seamstress at the mill. She was sent north to Chicago and left to fend for herself. It would take five years before she and her daughter would return, on foot, to Roswell, only to find that her husband had remarried because he thought she was dead. A monument, dedicated to the 400 women and children, is located in the park on Sloan Street.