Historic House Museums
Roswell began with the discovery of Vickery Creek by Roswell King.
His decision to build a mill in an otherwise vacant part of the world led to a place connected to the Civil War, United States Presidents and an architect that designed much of Atlanta. See it all through our guided and walking tours.
Barrington Hall is the home of Barrington King, son of Roswell King, the founder of Roswell. You can tour this home strategically built 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 smokehouse, ice house, a barn, and two wells.
Bulloch Hall is considered one of the most significant homes 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 Christmas time 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 served as our nation’s most beloved First Lady. On the reconstructed service grounds are 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 is the home of Archibald Smith who 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 to 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, Mamie Cotton, 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.
Admission to Roswell's historic house museums is completely FREE and we offer both self-guided and guided tour opportunities. To ensure a guided tour for private groups or school tours, please contact Dustin Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 470-990-2100.
The grounds and gardens of all sites are open from sunrise to sunset.
Barrington Hall is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation are open Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.