Roswell, Georgia is perhaps one of the finest "living history destinations" in the South. For years, the Roswell City Council and many visionary citizens have been dedicated to preserving the past and making it alluring to visitors.
Historic Roswell is a 640-plus acre popular destination, which includes dynamic uptown and downtown areas. It includes the South's only Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums: Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation.
The history of Roswell is more than just the physical or architectural history, it encompasses the industrial history of early mills where water powered the mills and drove the economy of the town of Roswell but also empowered the economy of the State of Georgia.
The natural history includes the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries, marsh areas and woodland trails. It was this "natural history" that led Roswell King's vision of a mill empire and nearby town.
Mimosa Hall- From
Place of Peril to Place of Preservation
Mimosa Hall is the city's latest historic acquisition.
Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty
On November 16, 2016, one of the most revered Roswell historic landmarks was placed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's 2017 list of ten "Places in Peril."
Designed and built
by John Dunwody (later spelled Dunwoody), Mimosa Hall is a stunning Greek R
evival with its lush and iconic gardens created by one-time owner, Atlanta architect Neel Reid. The city of Roswell recently purchased the house and 9 acres with plans to respect the property's historic significance and ensure the preservation of Mimosa Hall for years to come.
Mark McDonald, President and CEO of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
, was interviewed about the significance of the preservation of Mimosa Hall.
1. What is the historical significance of Mimosa Hall to the city of Roswell and the state of GA?
Mimosa Hall and the other historic house museums in Roswell represent a richer architectural heritage than can be found in the city of Atlanta, which is a much larger geographical and populated area.
The city of Roswell's leadership has shown great vision in protecting Mimosa Hall and surrounding property, especially the Neel Reid designed gardens.
2. Why did the GA Trust for Historic Preservation list Mimosa Hall in the top ten lists of 2017 "Places in Peril?"
The GA Trust had received word that Mimosa Hall was going to be put on the market. Our organization felt that this property, with its unique location in the heart of the historic district and being adjacent to Bulloch Hall, must be preserved. We endeavor to become partners with communities in order to bring about preservation solutions.
3. Give us your over-all impression of the historical significance of Mimosa Hall to the other Roswell's assets - The Southern Trilogy: Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation.
Roswell can now be called a Southern Quadruplet
but no doubt Mimosa Hall can enhance the existing Southern Trilogy sites
. It is a treasure to the city, state and nation. This
demonstrates that the community values its history, the quality of life for its citizens and future generations.
Mimosa Hall is not currently open to the public but watch for more information to be released in the near future.