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Archibald Smith Plantation Home, Roswell

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The Archibald Smith Plantation Home is a historic house in Roswell, Georgia built in 1845. The home was built by one of Roswell's founders, Archibald Smith, and housed three generations of his family. The home was restored by the third generation, Arthur and Mary Smith, in 1940. The home was sold to the City of Roswell in 1986 and opened to the public as a house museum in 1992.In addition to the home, the grounds include a guest house, slave quarters, cookhouse, carriage house, barn, spring house and water well. The plantation was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
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  • Matt was our tour guide and did an excellent job. He was very thorough with the plantations history and answering any questions. The home holds mostly original pieces to the home. A must see if you're...  more »
  • Janis was our tour guide and she was excellent! We really enjoyed our time there. Our two children were as engaged in the tour as we were :)  more »
  • The Smith Plantation is quite something at Christmas time. I have taken groups to Archibald Smith, Bullock Hall and one other in the Roswell area. They are decorated beautifully. Each room by a differ...  more »
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  • Loved it so much. Great tour guide too!
  • The Archibald Smith Plantation Home shows the history of the area over a timespan ranging from the early Georgian colonial period to the middle 20th Century. The family owned the property and lived there for most of that time. The house shows some of the updates that were added by the family, such as the more modern kitchen. However, the family kept nearly everything that they ever owned -- even broken things. This has been a great help to historians, as they have physical evidence of period tools, fashions, etc. The square columns on the main house front show the "plain" plantation style. In contrast, larger plantations might have used a "fancy," or classical revival, style, and often used Greco-Roman columns as an obvious sign of their success. My only concern is that the Archibald Smith Plantation Home does not go into much detail about the practice of slavery there. There are some signs with useful information on this subject, especially in the rebuilt slave quarters. However, anyone wishing a better understanding of how a plantation operated, and thereby better understand the economy of the South before, during, and after the Civil War, will have to do additional reading.
  • Great little place to peak into the old South. Very pleasant and helpful tour guide. Accepting cash only (tickets and souvenirs).
  • Loved the history
  • A lovely old plantation home, dating from Roswell's founding.