Thursday, July 9, 2009

Create your own Civil War Adventure

It wasn’t all moonlight and magnolias and there was nothing
‘civil’ about it

Roswell lets you see the Civil War your way with ‘Southern Belles to Rebel Yells’

No, there was nothing civil about the War Between the States—but that doesn’t mean you can’t be polite. Two historic Georgia gems, Roswell and Marietta, located north of Atlanta, have created a new guide and have the good manners to let visitors experience the Civil War as they like through a multitude of sites, sounds and stories. Download the “Southern Belles to Rebel Yells” guide ( and create your own adventure: antebellum house museums; ghost tours; a new giant mill wheel stationed in a Heritage Center; a Teaching Museum that is all about being hands-on. See the slave quarters of plantation farmers; and learn about the Southern ladies General Sherman arrested in Roswell.

Create your own Civil War Adventure: Roswell is a place where visitors can truly experience the authentic story of the American South by visiting its three historic house museums. At the circa 1839 Bulloch Hall, learn about the life and times of a real Southern Belle: Mittie Bulloch grew up to become the mother of President Teddy Roosevelt and the grandmother of Eleanor Roosevelt. Her childhood home is located among the historic sites, museums, monuments, churches and cemeteries of Roswell’s 640-acre historic district, 122 acres of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bulloch Hall was the site of her celebrated 1853 wedding to northerner Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. See Mittie’s delicate little ivory hand fan, the oh-so feminine ladies parlor, and Cook’s beehive oven in the basement kitchen. Walk the grounds where reconstructed slave quarters narrate the story of “Slave Life in The Piedmont.”

Learn how a well-to-do farming family survived the (Civil) war years at Smith Plantation Home, a living history farm that looks today much as it did 164 years ago, right down to its original furnishings and 10 outbuildings that include corn crib, carriage house and slave quarters. See the circa 1842 home, Barrington Hall, that was built by the son of town founder Roswell King and is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the U.S. Purchase “A Southern Trilogy” pass ( to save money while experiencing the authentic story of the American South.

Download an audio tour of the “Roswell Mills Exhibit” (, located in The Heritage Center at the Roswell Visitors Bureau and learn about the women who were charged with treason, removed from their homes on General Sherman’s order and packed up part and parcel and banished north to prison and an uncertain future. Then explore Roswell’s Antiques Alley or its hodgepodge of specialty shops and choose from a slew of original, chef-owned eateries for dinner before heading to one of 11 hotels.
Ghosts in the cemeteries and streets! Rebels retreating from the advancing Union troops!
Ghosts prowl the streets, historic sites, and cemeteries in Roswell. Unearth the bodies on an award-winning Roswell Ghost Tour ( and hear the toilsome tales of the mill village and the spirits that reside behind the mansion walls. The tour traverses Founders Cemetery, the “better place” of some of the Bullochs and Roswell King, among others.

Pick up your Trilogy Pass and head to your Civil War adventurePick up a Roswell Trilogy Pass and you’re on your way to experiencing a most un-Civil War in an adventure you design. Living history museums and heritage sites, theatres, gardens, shopping and dining and special events, like re-enactments at the historic homes, plus a storytelling festival in June and special Christmas celebrations—any and all can be part of your Civil War adventure. Click on to get started on your planning.

Area hotels also offer packages:

Courtyard Atlanta Roswell “A Southern Trilogy Package”Enjoy a stay in a king or a double suite. Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation celebrate their heritage: Tour each of the houses and learn about Roswell’s founding families.

Package includes:∙King or double suite accommodations∙Complimentary breakfast buffet for two adults daily∙One set of tickets for two adults to “A Southern Trilogy – The Authentic Story of the American South” per stay
Deal: Stay two consecutive nights and receive 50 percent off of your second night's room rate. Deal valid through August 31, 2009.

Courtyard Atlanta Roswell1500 Market BoulevardRoswell, GA 30076(770) 992-7200

Holiday Inn’s “Southern Belles to Rebel Yells Southern Trilogy Package”Rest and relax in Roswell's newest lodging facility (flat screen TVs, WiFi, outdoor pool, full service restaurant and lounge and onsite health/fitness center) and tour its Historic Homes to experience the authentic story of the American South.

Package includes:∙Sleeping room for two (your choice of 2 Queens or 1 King)∙Full hot breakfast buffet for 2∙Trilogy Pass for 2 ∙2 Roswell Key Cards for discounts at participating restaurants and shops

Price: $149 plus applicable tax; an additional night of rest and relaxation may be added for $89 per night (plus applicable tax). Package valid through Dec. 31, 2009.

Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell909 Holcomb Bridge RoadRoswell, GA 30076770-817-1414 or 1-877-817-1414

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