covered bridge in roswell, georgia

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. It is located on the northern banks of the Chattahoochee River in an area the Cherokee Indians once called Enchanted Land.

Through hard times, such as the burning of the mill during the Civil War, the citizens of Roswell were bound together under the leadership of founding families, the Kings, the Smiths and the Bullochs. Now, the small mill village is a bustling suburb and is the eighth largest in Georgia with a 108,798 population.

The City of Roswell has 22 parks with 918 acres of active and passive parkland and facilities. The city has also been chosen twice by Atlanta Magazine as the best place to live in the Metro-Atlanta area. It has also been ranked as one of the safest cities to live in the United States.

According to Forbes, 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 for five or more years. On Trulia, 237 homes are listed for sale. Prices range from $199,999 to almost $7 million. If looking to rent, Trulia has 102 rentals with prices from $1,240 to $4,200 per month.

About 23 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, Belle Mode and Roswell Provisions. Tasty restaurants include Ceviche, 1920 Tavern, Roux on Canton and Canton St. Social.
  • 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.
  • Gate City Brewing Company. As the first craft brewery in Roswell, Gate City has many unique brews waiting for you to try. Located on the corner of Canton and Magnolia, this central location is perfect to enjoy the downtown area and the offerings it has. Enjoy live music, community-based events, and a 6-pack of beer every weekend.

Entertainment and Recreation

  • Red Door Playhouse. Celebrating more than 16 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. Be sure to stay up to date with COVID-19 guidelines.
  • 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 freshwater ponds, wooded upland trails and river marshes, native wildlife and a butterfly garden.
  • Bike Friendly Community. Roswell happily offers two locations in the city as the best places to ride: Big Creek Park and Greenway and Roswell Riverwalk.
  • Alive in Roswell. A family-friendly festival that happens every third Thursday from July to October. The festival features music, food trucks, hundreds of vendors, and enjoys the participation from many local businesses. This event is hosted by the City of Roswell and is made possible by Gate City Brewing and Carl Black Buick GMC.

Historical Attractions

  •  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.

See what this mill town turned modern city has to offer. Visit www.visitroswellga.com for more information.

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