Roswell Lifestyle
Recognized locally and nationally as a great place to live, Roswell offers something for people of all ages. Six-hundred and forty acres of Roswell are included on the National Registry of Historic Places. Roswell has 18 parks with 800 acres of land, museums, its own Cultural Arts Center and a historic district honoring the city’s past.[1] Recreational opportunities include biking, boating, fishing, rafting and hiking.[2] Roswell received the City of Excellence Award in 2003 from the Georgia Municipal Association and has been twice chosen by Atlanta Magazine as the best place to live in the metro Atlanta area. Forbes Magazine recently recognized Roswell at No. 10 on the list of "America's 25 Best Places to Move." Ranked as one of the safest places to live in the United States, the suburban neighborhoods are a mixture of old Craftsman-style homes and newly developed subdivisions.[3] Although Roswell is one of the largest cities in Georgia, the town square is reminiscent of an old-time rural community lined with unique stores, gift shops and restaurants. A gathering place for the community, the town square hosts festivals and events throughout the year in addition to a summer concert series.[4]


Roswell History
Roswell, once inhabited by the Cherokee Indians, is located in northern Fulton County along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.[5] In 1830, Roswell King of St. Simons Island, Georgia, believed the area between the Chattahoochee River and Vickery Creek would be the perfect location for a cotton mill and processing plant called Roswell Manufacturing Company.[6] Roswell offered real estate and investment opportunities to friends and the land surrounding the mill was quickly built up with homes, cottages, a general store, church and school.[7] Fulfilling a desire for local government, Roswell was incorporated as city on February 16, 1854.[8] General Sherman and the Union troops torched the city during the Civil War, yet residents returned after the end of the war to rebuild the area.[9]


Roswell, at-a-glance
Population: 90,000
Public Schools (Fulton County):
Esther Jackson Elementary School
Hembree Springs Elementary School
Mimosa Elementary School
Mountain Park Elementary School
Northwood Elementary School
Roswell North Elementary School
Sweet Apple Elementary School
Hillside Elementary School
River Eves Elementary School
Crabapple Middle School
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Centennial High School
Roswell High School

 


[1] “Quick Facts.” http://www.roswellgov.com/
[2] Ibid.
[3] Sarah Stewart, Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving and Living in Atlanta, (Oregon: First Books, 2009), 54.
[4] Stewart, Newcomer’s Handbook, 53.
[5] Ibid.
[6] “Roswell, Georgia,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell,_Georgia
[7] Stewart, Newcomer’s Handbook, 53.
[8] “Quick Facts.” http://www.roswellgov.com/
[9] Stewart, Newcomer’s Handbook, 53.