Visit Historic Roswell, Georgia

Planning to visit Historic Roswell? I envy you. I’ll always treasure the time I spent there while researching my book.  There is so much to see and do, especially if you are a history buff like me. 

Touring the historic district is like taking a step back in time.  Magnificently preserved historic homes and churches stand as memorials to those who founded this lovely city so many years ago. The town square, small cottages on Factory Hill, and familiar streets, now paved, exist much as they did more than 175 year ago.  Along Vickery Creek, most of the mill buildings are long gone, but old stone piers, earthen platforms and granite walls bear witness to a rich history that was by turns courageous, turbulent and tragic.

Most of the original homes and churches are within the Roswell Historic District, which closely follows the boundaries of the town as laid out by Roswell and Barrington King in the 1830s.  The entire historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.  Several of the homes have been purchased by the City of Roswell and are open to the public.  Great Oaks and Primrose Cottage currently operate as event facilities and are popular for weddings.  Mimosa Hall remains in private hands.

There is much to see and explore. Roswell’s Historic District has much to offer - beautiful antebellum homes, historic sites, museums, monuments, churches, and old cemeteries.  For those who enjoy the outdoors, Roswell’s award-winning park system and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area are sure to please.  Stop by the Visitors Center and watch a video, view some exhibits, and pick up some helpful maps and tourist information.  The visitor center is located at the intersection of Atlanta Street and Sloan Street on the historic Town Square.

Historic Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau
617 Atlanta Street
Roswell, GA 30075 USA
770-640-3253 / 1-800-776-7935

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Helpful links for planning your visit

Roswell Visitor Information

City of Roswell
Historic Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau
(with information on attractions, dining and lodging)
Map of Roswell

Roswell Research Facilities

Roswell Historical Society
Roswell Research Library and Archives

Historic Sites

These are links to a few of my favorite historic sites.
Each site has a connection to the founding families,
the mill workers, or the Roswell mills.

Historic Homes of the Founding Families

Founders Cemetery
Historic Town Square
Old Bricks
Roswell Mill Ruins
Roswell Mill Worker Monument
Roswell Presbyterian Church

Sweetwater Creek State Park

If you do have the chance to visit Roswell, you MUST visit Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, about 30 miles west of Roswell.  They have a brand new visitors center to help acquaint you with the local history, including the story of the New Manchester mill workers.  And the amazing mill ruins are absolutely a MUST SEE.  You can tour the mill ruins on your own. It is a bit of a walk, but well worth the effort. If they happen to offer a guided tour, I highly recommend that you take advantage of the opportunity. The tours are interesting and informative, and the staff is the best. They love their work, and it shows.

Sweetwater Links

Map of Sweetwater Creek State Park
Douglasville Convention and Visitors Bureau
(with info on dining, lodging & attractions)
Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park
Sweetwater Creek State Park

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Don't forget to check out the New Manchester mill ruins at Sweetwater Creek State Park!

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