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Historic home tour featured in Heirloom Holidays
by Joan Durbin
November 27, 2013 05:20 AM | 2029 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If one popular holiday event is good, then several strung together to form a unified Yuletide celebration has to be even better.

That’s why the weekend of Dec. 6 to 8 promises to offer some of Roswell’s most interesting and enjoyable holiday happenings ever, including living history, a tour of historic homes, a period dinner, special holiday bazaar and a bonfire.

To get the weekend off to a rousing start, Roswell Historical Society is hosting an 1850s Heirloom Holiday Dinner at The Garden at Great Oaks on Mimosa Boulevard. There will be a three-course antebellum family-style dinner complete with all the trimmings, while the Praise Team from Zion Baptist Church, Reverend Pratt, and characters from Roswell Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker provides a welcome.

Cost is $60 per person, $100 per couple or $500 for a table for 10. For further information call 770-992-1665 or visit

While some of the planned activities, like the lighting of the town square, are holiday staples, some are enhanced versions of former events, such as the Candlelight Tour of Roswell’s three museum homes.

“Roswell has always celebrated the holidays with the Southern Trilogy homes decorated and open for holiday tours. However, this holiday tour of homes with additional sites is new and we hope can become a tradition,” said Dotty Etris, executive director of the Roswell Visitors Bureau.

The special tour on Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tour takes in nine homes, both private and public, and includes several historic properties along Mimosa Boulevard and in the Mill Village.

The tour will be held rain or shine. Tickets are available at the Roswell Visitors Center, The Chandlery, Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, Smith Plantation and the offices of the Roswell Historical Society. 

Ticket prices for the tour are $30 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The price includes admission to all the sites. The reenactments may be enjoyed free of charge. In the evening, the actors will be on Canton Street.

“We want everyone to join in the spirit of our living history festival by wearing their own period clothing as they enjoy the dinner Friday evening or stroll along the tour route on Saturday. We’re having a contest for the best dressed and the winners will be awarded some fun prizes Saturday evening at the bonfire.”

 Judges will be Councilman Rich Dippolito, Recreation and Parks Department Assistant Directory Morgan Rodgers and costume designer Marie Estes. To enter, go by the Visitors’ Center in costume between 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

“The judges will be looking for enthusiasm as much as authenticity,” Etris said.

Also on Saturday, at Teaching Museum North on Mimosa Boulevard there will be kid-friendly exhibits. Children can create an old-fashioned tree ornament and there will be gingerbread cookies and apple juice.

Activities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free of charge, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Later in the evening, enjoy the Lighting of the Town Square with a visit from Santa. Then, head to Canton Street for the bonfire and lots of festivities.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Barrington Hall is having a holiday bazaar with an array of unique items for personal use or gifts.

For more information on the weekend, go to or

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