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No longer a small village by any definition, the lovely and thriving city of Roswell, Georgia, clings passionately to her past while eagerly embracing her future. The years have wrought inevitable change, but the beauty and quiet dignity of antebellum Roswell has survived. The majestic homes of the founding families have been restored to their original beauty, and they stand proud, memorials to an era long past.
Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, Primrose Cottage, Great Oaks, Mimosa Hall, the Smith Plantation; each one a tribute to those who dreamed of castles in the midst of a wilderness, and through sheer determination, perseverance, and sacrifice, made those dreams come true.
The Roswell Presbyterian Church has been in continuous operation since 1840, and looks much a it did when it was built. The town square remains the focal center for many social events. A memorial to Roswell King was unveiled at the head of the square in October 1939, and the Roswell Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy placed historical markers in the center of the square in 1940 to commemorate the six founding families of Roswell.
For many years the plaques in the town square were the only memorials in Roswell. And yet the mill workers are as much a part of the town’s history as Roswell King, and the other founding families, if not more so. Finally in 2000, the mill workers were honored with their own monument in a small park, once the heart of the mill village. The Roswell Mills Camp #1547, Sons of Confederate Veterans, erected a ten-foot tall granite Corinthian column to ensure that the story of the mill workers would not be forgotten. For more on the Mill Worker Monument, click here.
Many of the mill workers’ cottages still stand on "Factory Hill." Although most have undergone major updating or remodeling, at least fifteen of the original dwellings are similar in age, style and material, and can be easily identified. Five of the homes still have the central chimneys common to New England cottages.
Little remains of
the mills at Roswell, but it's worth a visit. The historic sites on Vickery Creek include the old dam, a long raceway, remnants of stone
walls, broken bricks and fragments of vine-covered foundations, and the old machine shop, the only factory building still standing.
For more information on Roswell historic sites, click the links below.