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8. Time-travel at the Southern Trilogy

Tour the mansions of Roswell's founding fathers

Yes, you can find white-columned antebellum mansions in Atlanta—just not in the city proper. Barrington Hall is one of three antebellum homes that belonged to Roswell’s founding families and are now house museums marketed as “A Southern Trilogy.” Bulloch Hall was home to President Teddy Roosevelt’s mother, and Smith Plantation offers a glimpse into a planter’s life. An $18 Trilogy pass lets you tour all three. 


On June 8 Barrington Hall hosts its third annual Lavender Festival, which features herbal crafts, gardening tips, and foods (bet you’ve never tried lavender marshmallows) and celebrates the enterprising Evelyn Simpson—great-granddaughter of Barrington King, a cofounder of Roswell—who supported her family estate by making and selling lavender sachets. visitroswellga.com/trilogy

This article originally appeared in our April 2013 issue.