Although no longer in operation, a visit to the park is a moving experience. Quiet and peaceful in the early morning, the natural beauty is evident wherever you turn. I stood on an old bridge and watched and listened to the water running below me. Birds sang and abandoned pieces of machinery, whose purpose was long gone, lay victim to the elements. I left the Old Mill Park humbled and serene.
We visited a trilogy of historic house museums: Barrington Hall, Smith Plantation House and Bulloch Hall. It was on the front porch of one of these pre-Civil War houses I noticed what appeared to be people in a photograph I had taken on the ghost tour. I didn’t notice anyone on the porch when I took the photo. Each house museum had a fascinating history and guides whose stories brought the past to life. Teddy Roosevelt’s mom was born and raised in Roswell and grew up in Bulloch Hall. Teddy paid a visit in 1905. Each house museum had been lovingly restored.
What a joy it was to meet Judie Raiford, owner of the Raiford Gallery. Judie exemplifies passion, and clearly loves what she does. She showed us around her 9000 square foot gallery with works by area artists on display before taking us downstairs to her studio. She delighted in turning on various pieces of equipment and showing us how each one worked. She sent each of us home with a sterling silver salt spoon, inspired by a cooking show she had watched.
I loved every moment of my all too brief visit to Roswell and look forward to a return visit. Southern hospitality in on full display here. I urge you to contact Visit Roswell, their convention and visitors bureau. They love their hometown and can’t wait to share their enthusiasm with you.
Tom Plant launched WINEormous, a food, wine and travel blog in 2009 and is a long-time member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. Based in Temecula, California, he offers intimate winery tours for no more than seven people. He is a three-time recipient of the best tour award from the Luxury Travel Guide in Birmingham, England. Tour details and pricing are available at www.temecula-tours.com. Call now to book your Temecula Winery Tour at (951) 907-9701! Ask about special discounts.