Street Address
935 Alpharetta Street
Roswell, GA 30075
Mailing Address
935 Alpharetta Street
Roswell, GA 30075
Admissions
$8 Adults
$7 Seniors (55 and up)
$6 Children (ages 6-12)
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Mr. Chuck Douglas, Site Coordinator
phone: 770-641-3978

Description

The 1845 Smith Plantation was home to three generations of Archibald Smith (one of founders of Roswell, GA) family until 1981. Original furnishings, 11 outbuildings, Cook and Carriage House, Barn, Slave Cabin, & Corn Crib can be viewed on the property. Activities for the family include Fall Farm Days, Harvest Moon Dinner Dance, Camp Yesteryear, and Gingerbread Christmas. Rotating exhibits feature some of the 3,000 artifacts belonging to the Smith family are on display in the Barn.

History

Archibald Smith and his wife Anne were one of the founding families of the "colony" of Roswell. In 1838, the Smiths and nearly 30 of their slaves left St. Mary's, on the southern coast of Georgia, to make a new start with some 300 acres of cotton farmland north of the Roswell town square. The Smiths built a two-story farm house: a plantation home, with outbuildings including servants quarters, a cook house, smoke house, corn crib, barn, carriage house, well, and spring house. The Smiths were devoutly religious and charter members of the Roswell Presbyterian Church. They were also devout Southerners and fiercely loyal to the Confederate "Cause". What this well-to-do 19th Century farming family did not realize when they constructed their Roswell home in the mid 1800's was that it would be preserved by their descendants as an untouched treasure of southern history. 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 interpretaion found in the region.

Artifacts Collections

All furnishings and artifacts on display are original to three generations of the Smith family who lived on the site up through the 1980s.
Over 3,000 of those artifacts are housed at the Smith Plantation including 19th Century clothing.

Governance

The Archibald Smith Plantation Home is owned and operated by the City of Roswell with support from the Archibald Smith Plantation Home Preservationists, Inc.

Publications

The WordSmith is the quarterly newsletter of the Smith Plantation.

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