Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau
617 Atlanta Street
Roswell, Georgia 30075
Tel: (770) 640-3253 or 1-800-776-7935
Fax: (770) 640-3252
Calendar: Calendar of Events
Festivals: Roswell Festivals
History buffs will want to explore as much of the Historic District as possible, especially the 122 acres listed on the National Register of Historic Places that include the circa1839 Town Square. A few steps from the square is Barrington Hall, one of the best examples of Greek Revival Temple Architecture in the United States. Built for Roswell King’s son, it was used as Union headquarters in the Civil War and today furnished with many original family possessions, including china and photos.
Also near the square is Bulloch Hall, a Greek Revival mansion with ties to a U.S. presidency. Built in 1839 by Major James Stephens Bulloch, it is where Teddy Roosevelt’s mother, Mittie Bulloch, married Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. The ceremony, which took place in the formal dining room, was so auspicious an occasion that ice cream, a rare delicacy, was served to guests—a first for this part of Georgia. Margaret Mitchell would later write about Bulloch Hall for the Atlanta newspaper.
The elegant Smith Plantation Home is a slice of genteel farming life, circa 1845. A living history museum, the 12-building complex includes the Smith’s two-story farm house, servants quarters, cook house, smoke house, carriage house and more. Inside the house visitors will see fine antiques, including the 1833 piano in the parlor that the family had crated up and moved to safety when they fled Union forces during the War Between The States.
Located on the northern banks of the Chattahoochee River, Roswell is perched in the palm of Mother Nature, with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, an environmental sanctuary encompassing 30 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens, and a large swatch of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area right at its front door.
With such a vibrant green scene, biking, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting and fishing are popular pursuits. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking the miles of trails winding through the city, its parks and wooded areas and Historic District. They can follow in the footsteps of town founder Roswell King along the Vickery Creek Trail, traversing the covered pedestrian bridge that links the wilds of Roswell to its 640-acre Historic District.
Against this vintage backdrop is a lively shopping landscape, from the period storefronts of the Shops of Historic Roswell that encompass boutiques, antiques, art galleries, tearooms and an eclectic array of eateries to the Shoppes of Plumtree Village where bricked sidewalks lead to more shops and galleries and a coffeehouse, all tucked into Queen Ann and Gothic Victorian houses.
Roswell is shopping decadence from The Chandlery and its sophisticated mélange of gifts, bed and bath linens and accessories to the Canton Street Antique Market providing hours of poking-about possibilities as does SoCA, a unique retail lineup with a loft vibe.
Roswell has a dynamic galley scene with nearly three dozen art galleries. The gorgeous and airy Raiford Gallery, whose barn-like interior is hung with colorful art glass, represents the work of 400 artists: jewelry, furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, metalworks, glassworks and more. The Ann Jackson Gallery, the oldest in the Historic District, is a premiere Dr. Seuss dealer with many of his works of art including sculptures. Soda Salon is a unique fusion of artistry with hair stylists creating high-end coiffures while gallery shows and special exhibits present artists’ paintings, art glass, jewelry and sculpture in a contemporary salon setting. The Taylor Kinzel Gallery carries original contemporary paintings, mixed media sculpture, art glass and handmade jewelry. From working artist studios and galleries to theatre and festivals, Roswell has plenty of opportunities for arts and entertainment seekers to get their A and E on.
Roswell’s Historic District, and Canton Street with its period storefronts, bustle with vitality, having among its many awards the designation as a Great Places in Georgia – Great Street. Dozens of restaurants serve up something for every taste: barbecue and bistro, tapas and Thai, down-home Southern cooking and continental cuisine. From the hickory-enhanced edibles of Brookwood Grill served up in the booming Holcomb Bridge Road neighborhood, Roswell is an adventure in dining. In between, there is the always convivial Fickle Pickle Café with its salads and sandwiches menu, the sensational Dominick’s Restaurant with its inimitable Italian fare, and enough barbeque eateries to quell the cravings of the most enthusiastic barbecue gourmand.
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