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Archibald Smith Plantation Home

935 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075-3827
+1 770-641-3978
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A piece of Atlanta’s History

This is to me the best place to visit if you want to learn about Atlanta’s History. The house has a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Eli2361
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Historical site worth seeing

While visiting Atlanta, Ga. We decided to tour a plantation. I must say I did have my reservations... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Drew C
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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.
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935 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075-3827
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is to me the best place to visit if you want to learn about Atlanta’s History. The house has a collection of antique original items that I have not found anywhere else in Georgia. Every time I have a visitor this is a must...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While visiting Atlanta, Ga. We decided to tour a plantation. I must say I did have my reservations of visiting a house known for owning slaves. But, as we learned the history of the House, we left with a warm feeling of how life turns...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Toured the plantation house with guide Matthew Johnson. His knowledge and ability to present the house history and its families was superb. The four of us thoroughly enjoyed the visit and came away with a much better understanding of Roswell history and the role this...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

The Smith Plantation house and grounds were very interesting - great artifacts from different generations. Rachyl, our guide, made the visit special. She is extremely knowledgeable, engaging and professional. Enjoyed visiting this Roswell gem!

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

I was here with my daughter who was attending the American Counseling Association in Atlanta and I had a whole day to wander around. I chose to visit the Plantations in Roswell. I'm so glad I did. Janis our tour guide for the Smith Plantation...More

1  Thank Michelle S
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

I visited this last w/a group of friends as part of the Trilogy Tour in Roswell. Our very knowledgeable docent, Michael, was amazing and quite extraordinary in his history of not only the plantation but of the family. Everyone was astounded with his tour and...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Just a brief review to give kudos to Matthew, our tour guide. He was interesting, well-informed and overall excellent!

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

This was our last of three stops in Roswell to see the Southern Trilogy sites; we liked this one the most, especially because our tour guide Amy did a great job introducing us to the family and their home; her narrative was detailed without being...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Interesting to see the story of the family and house as a Plantation before the Civil War to the 1990's. Tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You can see the grounds afterward and they even have a cell phone guide. Remember your earbuds.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Our tour guide did an excellent job telling us the stories of the family members that lived in this house. She was also very knowledgeable about the family and period pieces of furniture and about the home in general. If you like Civil War history...More

1  Thank Pam B
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Nancy B
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Response from Erica B | Reviewed this property |
It will definitely depend on the handicap. There is a walkway that is dirt and gravel, stairs to enter building as well as dirt trails around the plantation. Inside tours are also going to be challenging if you have a... More
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Response from Koehlerse | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I am so late.. adults $8.00, seniors 65 & up $7.00 , children 6-18 $6.00
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