Day 9…Roswell Presbyterian Church

I finally had the time to finish this one!

Although the building itself was not built until 1840, the Roswell Presbyterian Church congregation actually began meeting in 1839 at Primrose Cottage, the home of Eliza King Hand, Roswell King’s daughter. They continued to worship at her home until the sanctuary was complete.

Nathaniel Pratt was called as their minister. He and his wife built the Gardens of Great Oaks, my painting from yesterday. It is located almost right across the street from the church.

Even though the church has expanded over the years, the historic building still remains and is quite lovely.



Day 8…Gardens at Great Oaks

Built in 1842, it is the original residence of Rev & Mrs Nathaniel Pratt. He was The minister at Roswell Presbyterian Church. The bricks were made from local clay and hand-molded by slave labor. Even though the Union Troops were headquartered there, the Pratts remained in the house during the Civil War.

It is now used as a special events facility.


Day six….Barrington Hall, Roswell, Georgia

In the 1830’s, Barrington King and his father , Roswell King, co-founded the town of Roswell. Barrington also built a magnificent home for his family on Roswell’s highest point, overlooking the entire town. This home has been recognized as one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the US.

The city of Roswell purchased the home in 2005 to be developed as their third unique historic museum. Barrington Hall has been restored with many of the family’s original possessions. The surrounding seven acres and the grounds look much like they did 160 years ago.

It is open for tours. In fact, you can purchase a specially priced ticket to see all three museums (Barrington, Bulloch Halls , and Smith Plantation).


Day five…Bulloch Hall

Bulloch Hall was constructed in 1839 for Major James Stephens Bulloch, one of Roswell’s first settlers, his wife Mary and their 4 children. Their second oldest was Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, mother of President Teddy Roosevelt, and grandmother to Eleanor Roosevelt.

This home is also open for tours.


Day Three….Vickery Creek Bridge

Since I’m traveling for the next several days, I’ve switched to watercolor so I could paint on the go. My original day 3 painting is at home waiting to be finished…but that’s for another day!

This painting is of a favorite spot in Roswell, Vickery Creek. On the banks of Vickery Creek, you can find the ruins of the Roswell Manufacturing Co Mills, which was built in 1839, but it was burned in 1864 by the Union forces during the Civil War. After the war, it was rebuilt and was used until it was destroyed in 1926. This covered pedestrian bridge over the creek connects the walking trail that begins at Old Mill Park to the Chattahoochee River trail system.

If you haven’t been, you should put Vickery Creek in your list of places to visit. My kids enjoy hiking along the trail to reach the waterfall for a fun swim, and a picnic on the rocks.


A day in the life of an inspired writer…