Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 27
Experience 'modern spirit and Southern
soul' in historic Roswell, Georgia
BY MARYELLEN KENNEDY DUCKETT
rom the hustle and bustle of downtown Atlanta, it's only a
20-minute drive north to Roswell, Ga., a midsize city with
small-town charm. Located on the northern banks of the
Chattahoochee River, Roswell ticks all the right tour stop
boxes: group-friendly hotels, more than 200 independently owned
restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops and galleries, outdoor activities for
all ages, and a rich history preserved and shared in museums, parks,
and historic homes.
Roswell calls its winning combination of past and present
"modern spirit and Southern soul." History buffs will be fascinated
by Roswell's role in the Civil War and in the city's textile mill roots.
Foodies and craft brewery aficionados will delight in sampling
Roswell's handcrafted and home-grown fare.
"We have it all," says Diane Stone, director of
group and motorcoach sales at ABA member
Visit Roswell. "With a 640-acre Historic District
offering the South's only Southern Trilogy of
Historic House Museums, visitors can learn about
the families who settled here, how they shaped
Roswell, Georgia, and the nation. And, Roswell is
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in an area once called 'Enchanted Land,' so it is
known as a nature lover's haven. Hiking, strolling,
canoeing, kayaking, and rafting are just a few ways
Historic Meets Hip
Conveniently located off GA 400, the
group-friendly DoubleTree by Hilton
Hotel Atlanta-Roswell has 172 guest
rooms and bus parking.
Sample Hogs 'n Quilts (barbecue pork
shoulder under a chive crepe with
home-style slaw) and other Southern
cuisine-with-a-twist at Table & Main.
Free motorcoach parking is available
at Roswell City Hall, close to historic
Goldsmith/silversmith Judie Raiford's
Raiford Gallery represents more than
400 artists in media such as glass,
jewelry, and turned wood.
Roswell's history begins with the Chattahoochee River, which powered the Roswell Mills built in 1836. During the Civil War, Roswell's
two cotton mills and one woolen mill supplied the Confederacy with
textiles, such as the "Roswell Gray" fabric used to make uniforms for
Confederate soldiers. Introduce your guests to Roswell with a short
walking tour of Old Mill Park, site of pre-Civil War mill ruins. For a
longer visit, continue over the bridge to hike on the Chattahoochee
River National Recreation Area trail.
A natural next stop is Bulloch Hall (c. 1839), the stately Greek
Revival home built by early Roswell Mills investor James Stephens
Bulloch. Now a museum, the home has a fascinating history. Your
guests will enjoy standing in the room where Bulloch's daughter
Mittie married a young man known as Theodore Roosevelt. The pair
would go on to become the parents of President Theodore "Teddy"
Roosevelt and the grandparents of Eleanor Roosevelt.
From here, move on to Historic Barrington Hall (c. 1842), home of
Barrington King, who, along with his father, Roswell, co-founded the
settlement that would become Roswell. Barrington Hall is furnished
with many original family possessions, and the surrounding six acres
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