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Bulloch Hall, Roswell

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Bulloch Hall is a Greek Revival mansion in Roswell, Georgia, built in 1839. It is one of several historically significant buildings in the city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is where Martha Bulloch Roosevelt ("Mittie"), mother of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President, lived as a child. It is also where she married Theodore Roosevelt's father, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. The Roosevelt family are descendants of Archibald Bulloch, the first Governor of Georgia (1730-1777).

The antebellum mansion was built by Mittie's father, Major James Stephens Bulloch. He was a prominent planter from the Georgia coast, who was invited to the new settlement by his friend Roswell King. After the death of his first wife Hester Amarintha "Hettie" Elliott - mother of his son James D. Bulloch - Bulloch married the widow of his first wife's father, Martha "Patsy" Stewart Elliot, and had four more children:

Anna Bulloch

Martha Bulloch

Charles Bulloch (who died young)

Irvine Bulloch.Major Bulloch selected a ten-acre plot of land and engaged a skilled builder, Willis Ball, to design and construct an elegant Greek Revival home. The Bulloch family lived in an abandoned Cherokee farmhouse while slaves and trained laborers built the house.

In 1839, Major Bulloch and his family moved into the completed house.

Soon Bulloch also owned land for cotton production and held enslaved African-Americans to work his fields. According to the 1850 Slave Schedules [1], Martha Stewart Elliott Bulloch, by then widowed a second time, owned 31 enslaved African-Americans. They mostly labored on cotton and crop production; but some would have worked in the home, on cooking and domestic tasks to support the family. Some of the known slaves who worked in the house were "Maum" Rose (cook), "Maum" Charlotte (housekeeper), "Maum" Grace (nursemaid), "Daddy" William, "Daddy" Luke, and Henry.

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  • Inside and out, seemingly well preserved and beautiful. Great guide there Beth, friendly and informative.  more »
  • Each room decorated for Christmas with favorite southern authors Roswell has 5 of their founding fathers homes to tour!  more »
  • I took my kids to an event held here. It was a nice visit and I hope to come back to learn about the history of this area. I gave it 4 stars because the parking was a bit far from the venue, we were in a small building set back from the street. Without wrangling little kids it would have been fine. The landscaping was nice and well groomed, and signage was well managed to get us where we were going. This would be a lovely venue for an event like a wedding.
  • This place was amazing! The grounds were beautiful, the docent that we spoke with was unbelievably knowledgeable and sweet.this was a nice retreat from our day in downtown Atlanta.the grounds had many different varieties of plants and flowers and tall trees. Our children had a wonderful time running around the grounds and through the gardens. The house was well done and kept up with tons of historical stories that were absolutely wonderful, This is yet another must when you come to downtown Roswell.

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