In northern Fulton County sits a city that has a rich history in cotton. Built around the notion that cotton processing should be near cotton production, the city, named Roswell, saw the creation of its first cotton mill in the 1830s. Developed by Roswell King, the mill was the starting ground of a great city.
Through hard times, such as the burning of the mill during the Civil War, the citizens of Roswell bound together under the leadership of founding families, the Kings, Smiths and Bullochs. Now, the small mill village is a bustling suburb and is the eighth largest in Georgia with a population of 55,963.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Homefinder, Roswell is mostly white collar. Many of its residents are college graduates and make a median household income of $113,074.
With a high cost of living and median home sale price of $298,000, most residents stay in their homes five or more years. On Trulia, 724 homes are listed for sale. Prices range from $30,000 to almost $7 million. If looking to rent, Trulia has 102 rentals with prices from $415 to $6,000 per month.
The Homefinder shows that 38.9 percent of family households have children. Sought after schools include Village Montessori School, Mountain Park Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Porter Academy, Queen of Angels Catholic School, St. Francis School, Crabapple Middle, Roswell High, Blessed Trinity Catholic High, Eaton Academy and Centennial High.
Along with an interesting history, gorgeous real estate opportunities and prestigious schools, Roswell offers activities for the whole family.
Shopping and Dining
• Lucky’s. Inspired by the owners’ dog, Lucky’s offers delicious burgers and ice-cold beverages. They only serve the finest 80/20 ground beef in their burgers and the freshest produce delivered daily. Be sure to check out their lunch specials online. Then, visit for a great meal with your family and canine!
• Canton Street. With period-storefront buildings, Canton Street offers a wide selection of antiques, art galleries, gifts, apparel and dining. Stores include the Canton Street Antique Market, Uniquities and Roswell Provisions. Tasty restaurants include The Fickle Pickle, NINE Street Kitchen, Pastis and Slate Table and Tap.
• Bistro VG. Here, you’ll find timeless European touches and scrumptious food. Menu items include white truffle parmesan fries, gnocchi, margherita pizza, roast chicken, lasagna, sea scallops, lamb chops, tiramisu and molten chocolate fritters.
• Historic Roswell Antique Market. Offering a unique selection of antiques, vintage interiors, garden finds and exceptional jewelry, the Market is 15,000 square feet. After shopping, take a break at the café, which serves homemade fare.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Red Door Playhouse. Celebrating more than 10 years, the Red Door Playhouse provides arts educational programs, performances and services to all children and adults in the north Atlanta community. Check out the events calendar for more information.
• Leita Thompson Memorial. This park features two off-leash dog parks with benches and water spigots as well as miles of winding walking trails and an arts center. Located at 1355 Woodstock Road in Roswell, the park has top ratings.
• Area 51. As Roswell’s family fun center, Area 51 features the Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe miniature golf. The Aurora Cineplex has 10 screens, digital sound, 3D capabilities and stadium style seating. The Fringe has two courses, 36 holes and amusing surprises.
• Chattahoochee Nature Center. This 127 acre natural science venue on the Chattahoochee River features a Gold LEED-certified discovery center that interprets the Chattahoochee River watershed. Additionally, visitors can explore fresh water ponds, wooded upland trails and river marshes, native wildlife and a butterfly garden.
• Old Roswell Mill. Fully operative in 1839, the Old Roswell Mill was the largest one in north Georgia. Started by Roswell King with the help of one of his sons, Barrington, it served as a leading manufacturer of materials used for the Confederacy. The mill standing today was built in 1882.
• Barrington Hall. Built in 1842, Barrington Hall is the home of Roswell King’s son, Barrington. The home is one of the best examples of Greek Revival Temple architecture in the U.S. Open for tours, and the home is on the National Register.
• Bulloch Hall. Built for James Stephens Bulloch and Martha Stewart Elliott Bulloch in 1839, Bulloch Hall is located at 180 Bulloch Avenue. Major Bulloch was a stockholder in the Roswell Manufacturing Company owned by Roswell King. Mittie, the couple’s second daughter is the mother of President Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, and grandmother of Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady from 1934 to 1945.
• Archibald Smith Plantation. In the 1830s, Roswell King encouraged Presbyterians living along the Georgia Coast to join him and establish a mill town. That’s exactly what the Smith family did. Completed in 1845, the Smith Plantation was home to three generations of the Smith family. Today, it serves as a house museum with its original furnishings, clothing and personal items.
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