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Barrington Hall exhibit depicts Civil War’s impact
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
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Roswell Historical Society archivist Elaine DeNiro stands next to a case containing Civil War relics and documents, some of the items on display during the Barrington Hall exhibit ‘Troublesome Times.’
Roswell Historical Society archivist Elaine DeNiro stands next to a case containing Civil War relics and documents, some of the items on display during the Barrington Hall exhibit ‘Troublesome Times.’
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In letters he wrote during the four years of the Civil War, Barrington King often used the phrase “troublesome times” to describe the impact of the conflict on Roswell.

Those words are now the title of a new exhibit in Barrington Hall, the stately antebellum home King built in Roswell that now is open to the public.

“The exhibit explores the effect of the Civil War on individuals with ties to the town, including members of the founding families, slaves, mill workers, area farmers and Union soldiers encamped in the vicinity,” said Elaine DeNiro, archivist for the Roswell Historical Society, which is presenting the exhibit.

“Troublesome Times: The Civil War in Roswell” uses primary documents from the King, Baker and Simpson family papers, originally found in Barrington Hall and donated by Sarah Winner,who had inherited and restored the historic home before selling it to the city of Roswell.

All of the documents currently are housed in the historical society’s research library and archives.

Central to the exhibit are four panels that describe the events of the war in Roswell over its four-year duration. In recognition of the war’s sesquicentennial year, the artifacts in the case are from 1862.

Among the items on exhibit are a list of dresses Sarah Elizabeth “Bessie” Macleod King carried with her in 1862 when she visited her husband, Barrington Simeral King, in Virginia, where King was stationed during the war. “There is a descriptive list and account of the pay and clothing for Pvt. Robert Branch Anderson, who was enlisted in the 4th Squadron Cavalry of Cobb’s Legion on March 1862 in Roswell, Georgia by Barrington Simeral King, son of Barrington King,” DeNiro said.

It is quite rare to have official documentation like this of an enlistment into the Confederate Army, DeNiro said. “Troublesome Times: The Civil War in Roswell” is included with regular tours of Barrington Hall through Oct. 31. Tour admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for ages 6 to 12 and free for children younger than 6.

Barrington Hall is at 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. For more information, go to www.roswellgov.com, click on Southern Trilogy and choose Barrington Hall.
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