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Roswell Historic District Cemeteries Brochure

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Waterfall

Roswell Mills and Old Mill Park

95 Mill View Ave.
Roswell, GA 30075

One of the most beautiful areas in Roswell is the Old Mill Trail along Vickery Creek.  Here, ruins of the Roswell Manufacturing Company mills are found. Constructed in the 1800s, these mills were among the most successful in Georgia and a leading provider of goods to the Confederacy during the Civil War. A 30-foot dam and millrace were constructed to supply power to run the mills.

1853 Machine Shop

Notice the 1853 Machine Shop, the only existing building left of the original 1839 Roswell Manufacturing Company. The building is a two story brick building and is late Georgian in style. The interpretive trail to the left of the Machine Shop will allow you to view the old mill ruins and the waterfall created by the dam.  (Wear proper hiking shoes)

Pedestrian Covered Bridge

To the right of the Old Machine Shop is the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge This bridge links to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area and allows you to enjoy the forest and a hike to the Chattahoochee River.

Mill

Lost Mill Workers of Roswell

Sloan Street Park
75 Sloan Street
Roswell, GA

Theophile Roche, a French citizen, had been employed by the cotton mills and later the woolen mill. In an attempt to save the mills, he flew a French flag in hopes of claiming neutrality. However, the letters CSA (Confederate States of America) were found on cloth being produced. For two days the mill was spared, but on July 7,  after it was proven that the claim of being neutral was false, General Sherman ordered everyone connected with the mill to be charged with treason. The nearby cotton mill was also destroyed. Mill workers, mostly women and children since the men were fighting the war, were arrested, charged with treason and sent north to uncertain fates. One of the women involved in this tragedy was pregnant and working as a seamstress at the mill. She was sent north to Chicago and left to fend for herself. It would take five years before she and her daughter would return, on foot, to Roswell, only to find that her husband had remarried because he thought she was dead. A monument, dedicated to the 400 women and children, is located in the park on Sloan Street.

Roswell Town Square

Roswell Town Square

I repeat my orders that you arrest all people, male and female, connected with those factories, no matter what the clamor, and let them foot it, under guard, to Marietta, whence I will send them by cars to the North … The poor women will make a howl.

The 400 Roswell mill workers (mostly women and children) who were charged with treason were held overnight, under guard, in the Town Square until they could be sent by wagons to Marietta and transported by train to the north. The Town Square is also the setting for President Theodore Roosevelt’s visit to Roswell. The crowds gathered here and he also visited his mother’s childhood home, Bulloch Hall where he was reminiscent of the stories she had told him as a child.

Teaching Museum-North

Exhibits of political, social, and historical interests document the history of the United States, Georgia, and Roswell. Featuring U.S. Presidents, Georgia Authors, Women in the White House, Transportation, World War II, Anne Frank Exhibit, and more. Normally open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call to confirm hours and admission.

793 Mimosa Blvd.
Roswell, GA 30075
770-552-6339
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Heritage Center at Roswell Visitors Bureau

The Heritage Center at Roswell Visitors Bureau houses exhibits showcasing the history of the Roswell Mills and Mill Life. Part of the Roswell Visitors Center, the exhibits are open to the public; free of charge.

617 Atlanta Street
Roswell, GA 30075
770-640-3253 or (800) 776-7935

Roswell Historical Society/ City of Roswell Research Library and Archives

Second floor of the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Open Mon. & Thurs., 1-4:30 pm

950 Forest Street
Roswell, GA 30075
770-594-6405