Explorations in Roswell Georgia

It’s volleyball season so we’re back to crazy eventful Saturdays. We were up at 0345 to leave by 0430. When we left it was snowing a little here in Middle Georgia!!

Snow is pretty much unheard of here! This was quite a surprise.

We made it to Roswell to the volleyball venue by 0645 and I was headed to my first stop of the day by 0655. When I arrived at Roswell Mill at 0707 to hike it was 24 degrees. Freezing, literally!

I hiked a little over 4 miles. There are over 5 miles of trails within the Vickery Creek area. Below is a map of the trails. I started at VC 15 where the covered bridge is. I would have hiked longer, but I forgot to bring water and I was really thirsty, so I headed back earlier than I would have liked. There are maps at each trail crossing and VC that is displayed on the map below. Trail doesn’t have any blazes, but the path is pretty worn and it’s easy to follow. Vickery Creek Trail is #4 things to do in Roswell according to Trip Advisor. The trail head is located at 85 Mill St, Roswell, Georgia.

After I hiked, I headed to tour Barrington Hall. They didn’t open until 1000 so I had to wait in the parking lot for a little while. I used that time to edit some photos and just to warm up.

Barrington Hall is located at 535 Barrington Dr, Roswell, Georgia. It is #6 thing to do in Roswell according to Trip Advisor.

Barrington Hall sits on seven acres in downtown Historic Roswell. In the 1830s, Barrington Hall’s builder, Barrington King, and his father, Roswell King, co-founded the colony which became Roswell. On your visit to Barrington Hall you will be inspired by generations of the King family, who preserved Barrington Hall for more than 160 years. They come to life in furnishings, artifacts, and stories spanning from 1838 until the city of Roswell acquired the home in 2005. On the grounds, explore the only antebellum public garden in the greater Atlanta area, along with numerous original outbuildings.

Then I went on to tour the Archibald Smith Plantation Home. It is located at 935 Alpharetta St, Roswell, Georgia. It is #1 thing to do in Roswell according to Trip Advisor.

Hidden among the trees in historic Roswell, Georgia, sits a graceful home constructed by one of Roswell’s founding families, the Smiths. In 1838, the Smith family and 30 of their slaves left two struggling plantations along the Georgia coast to make a new start with 300 acres of cotton farmland north of the Roswell Square. Their home, built by slave labor in 1845, was preserved by three generations of the Smith family and is now open to the public as a museum.

Three generations of the Smith family lived in the home and saved many of their belongings. For over 160 years, Smith Plantation stood the test of time as all around it the small mill village of Roswell transformed into a bustling metropolitan suburb. The home has since become one of the best examples of vernacular architecture, as well as cultural and historical interpretation, found in the region.

Perfectly preserved is the Smiths’ two-story farmhouse, complete with outbuildings, including:

  • Servants quarters
  • Cookhouse
  • Smokehouse
  • Corn crib
  • Barn
  • Carriage house
  • Well
  • Spring house

I found a cute little farm to table brewery called From the Earth Brewing Company. Lunch was delicious and service was phenomenal. There was a lot on the menu I wanted to try, but stuck to a quick chicken sandwich so I could hurry and get hubby his food before the next match started.

From the Earth Brewing Company is located at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, Georgia.

After the tournament was over, we headed south and hit up my favorite Farm to Table Restaurant, Dovetail. As usual, Dovetail didn’t disappoint. We shared the Put-Ups and a Pork Cheek Croquette. For my entree I had the vegetable plate and then the Pistachio cheesecake for dessert. Dovetail is located at 543 Cherry St, Macon, Georgia.

Another successful Saturday of some of my favorite things!

XOXO

-S

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