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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 very interesting and knowledgable. There were many things like the hoop dress that I enjoyed seeing. I would recommend seeing all three houses because they all very interesting if you like hi...  more »
  • The tour guide is great with young kids! The history of the house and family is amazing and very interesting!!! Definitely recommend going!!! 
  • If you are looking to visit a plantation with authentic time period pieces that were owned by the Smith family, this is a must visit. Many of the original buildings are still intact and all the furnit...  more »
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  • Great little place to peak into the old South. Very pleasant and helpful tour guide. Accepting cash only (tickets and souvenirs).
  • The Archives 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 Archival 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 to understand 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.
  • A lovely old plantation home, dating from Roswell's founding.
  • History so close. V ery interesting and lots of pictures
  • Too much modern day stuff