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Archibald Smith Plantation Home

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Address: 935 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA 30075-3827
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+1 770-641-3978
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Hidden among the trees in Historic Roswell, Georgia lies the elegant home...

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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Christmas at the Plantation

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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Samantha1945
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Marietta, Georgia
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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 different designer or local group. The Plantation is a standout venue. Well worth the trip.

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Roswell
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Historical plantation house and grounds, nice place to walk through or attend events there. The Lavender Festival is fun as well as other public events.

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Woodstock, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a shame that the furniture was so modern as I would have liked the whole place to be more historically accurate to the period it was built. Have said that it does give a great view of the houses history

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The history of a southern family is laid out for you and a great tour. Our tour guide was Matt and he did a fine job. He was very well-informed on the house and the family and the African-American woman that's been her last days living in the house after all the family was gone. She was quite the celebrity... More 

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Lovingston, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was wonderful! Michael was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable about the Smith family and the home. I learned so much about history and what happened in a typical home of the time. Make the time to take this tour when you visit Roswell!

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Thank gerdiesi2016
Roswell Ga, United States
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Smith plantation is one of the old homes in Roswell that has a very interesting history of a family that has lived there not to long ago. It has kept a lot of the original owners items.

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Caryville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

the tours of the house are on the hour. We arrived five minutes after the start of the tour. Consequently we explored the grounds of the plantation. The out building are very well maintained and there are excellent descriptions of the plantation and the life of the slaves. There is also an audio tour that can be accessed by cell... More 

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Aptos, California
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Great storytelling docent, Amy, led us on the interesting journey of the Archibald Smith family replete with details about each family member, each furnishing, each cornice, etc. What a fountain of knowledge and delightful narrative abilities. Thank you Amy!

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Thank masermim
Buford, Georgia
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Janis was our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and was able to speak in a casual manner that was enjoyable to listen to. The tour provided the opportunity to get close to the artifacts, and the fact that the home contains actual family owned items makes it much more interesting than other places that bring in 'stuff' from many... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Loved the tour with Janis, she did an amazing job telling us about the interesting history of the plantation and family! Would definitely recommend!

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