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Archibald Smith Plantation Home
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Roswell
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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.
Pensacola, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2013

If you love touring old houses and their history, you will not be disappointed. The docent had loads of information and was very articulate. We really enjoyed the tour of the home.

I highly recommend this if you like touring homes. The history is so interesting and the antiques.

There are three of these plantation homes in Roswell. The first we went to was the Smith Plantation. This particular one does not accept debit/credit cards. The others do.

We did not have time to see all three, so we did not buy the pass. If you plan to see all three homes, the pass is cheaper.

Visited June 2013
Thank Lisa W
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Burlington, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Plantation in town.”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

The traffic to get to the plantation was horrible. It is basically one large home with a couple of small buildings outback. There is a guide for the house but the other buildings you just read about them. Not what I was thinking of for a plantation. I was looking for massive grounds and your typical southern plantation . This was from a later era. I would not recommend this to my friends.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank 12Kay12
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
423 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“A peek in the past of the original settlers of Roswell, GA”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Smith Plantation Home is an elegant, charming and warm, well-preserved visit to the past. The furnishings reflect the time, and the docent is well-versed in the history. The grounds are just beautiful, and worth the visit, een if you never go into the home. There are also several out-buildings worth a peek...A lovely couple of hours to stroll and soak in the atmosphere of the time.

Visited March 2013
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Sinclairville, New York
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Great History Lesson”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Had a private tour. It was interesting to get a look into the past. Once the family passed away it was boarded up for years with all the family possessions left just as they were. It is rare to find a historic house that has the original furnishings from the family still in place.
Mention your AAA card to receive a discount.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank marcy333
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