Day Trip into History

Bulloch Hall in Roswell is a perfect escape into Greater Atlanta’s early beginnings. In fact, the short drive to this antebellum community takes you into an era where the young Scarlett O’Hara would have been perfectly at home, traipsing about its grand columned houses with elegant public rooms or flirting at the barbecue on the deep, shaded lawn.

 

Built in 1839 for the Bulloch family, the Greek revival home was destined for a long and glorious life. Basically a large square box highlighted by four imposing Doric-style columns, the house has a huge central hall with four main rooms on each floor. The cooler brick floored kitchen is in the base-ment and there are several gardens, well houses and outbuildings comprising this National Register site, which operates as a meticulously maintained and furnished house museum.

 

This house and most other grand Roswell homes survived the fires of the Civil War and General W. T. Sherman even though the nearby cotton mills were destroyed. In subsequent years, it gained perhaps its greatest claim to fame when Martha Bulloch married Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., of New York in the dining room. Their son became one of our greatest presidents and their granddaughter, Eleanor, one of the nation’s most influential First Ladies. Both of these descendants visited the house at one time or another and the family connection is the subject of a beautiful exhibit on the second floor.

 

Bulloch Hall and the many other historic sites in Roswell make for a delightful and, as Roosevelt would say, a “bully” jaunt into another time and place. A quick drive out Roswell Road or Ga. 400 takes you into the quiet and calming world of the antebellum South. There is also a small town full of appeal-ing shops and restaurants just up the street. To find out more about Bulloch Hall and Roswell’s other sites, go to www.visitroswellga.com or call the Visitor’s Center at 770-640-3253. Bulloch Hall is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Adult tickets are only $8 – cheaper for seniors ($7) and children ($6). Visitors under the age of 6 are admitted free.

 

–Dick Funderburke