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Archibald Smith Plantation Home
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Roswell
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hidden among the trees in Historic Roswell, Georgia lies the elegant home constructed by one of the town's founding fathers, Archibald Smith. In 1838, the Smith family and nearly 30 of their slaves left their two plantations in St. Marys, along the southern coast of Georgia, to make a new start with some 300 acres of cotton farmland north of the Roswell Town Square. What this well-to-do 19th Century farming family did not realize when they constructed their home was that it would be preserved by their descendants as an untouched treasure of southern history. For over 150 years, the Smith's Plantation Home has stood the test of time as The Civil War was brought to its front steps, and all around it, the small mill village of Roswell erupted into a bustling metropolitan suburb. Perfectly preserved are the Smiths two-story farm house, complete with outbuildings, including slave quarters, a cook house, corn crib, barn, carriage house, well, and spring house. Three generations of the Archibald Smith family lived in this home and saved all of their belongings, large and small, important and trivial, broken or whole. The home and grounds have become one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in the region.
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Their presentation and enthusiasm kept you interested the whole time and they were very kind and willing to answer any questions.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

We went to the Smith Plantation as part of the Southern Trilogy Tour purchased at nearby Barrington Hall. Unfortunately, because the tours only occur hourly on the hour, we were unable to take the tour of the inside of this property. However, the grounds were very beautiful and we quite enjoyed taking in the old Southern charm of this home. Would highly recommend tours since the tour offered by Barrington Hall was awesome.

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

This is to me the best place to visit if you want to learn about Atlanta’s History. The house has a collection of antique original items that I have not found anywhere else in Georgia. Every time I have a visitor this is a must to visit and I never get tired. In fact, they have so many pieces that they display them at different times, so every time I visit I get to see new antiques. I highly recommend it.
It is located in old Roswell. From there you should visit downtown Roswell: a lot of shops, antiques, art galleries And restaurant!
Enjoy it!h

1  Thank Eli2361
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

While visiting Atlanta, Ga. We decided to tour a plantation. I must say I did have my reservations of visiting a house known for owning slaves. But, as we learned the history of the House, we left with a warm feeling of how life turns from bad to good. First, the staff who greeted us were extremely nice. They gave us a tour of the house, going room to room. Explaining how they lived, ate, and bathed. Our best part of the tour, was learning of the maid, who was hired by the third generation of the Smith's in 1940. Her Name was Mamie Cotton. she was African American who cooked for the family. She actually became part of the family and was loved. She was the last person to live in the house, dying in 1994. So the house originally owned by Slave owners was occupied and lived in by a respected Black woman. If you are to tour any plantation house, I would recommend this house, solely because of this reason.

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Toured the plantation house with guide Matthew Johnson. His knowledge and ability to present the house history and its families was superb. The four of us thoroughly enjoyed the visit and came away with a much better understanding of Roswell history and the role this strategically placed historic resource played in that history. Bulloch Hall and Barrington House are great also but this tour was the best of the three and it’s artifacts are well above the other two houses. Recommend this tour 100 %.

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