Roswell Mill, located on Mill Street in Roswell, is a cluster of civil war era mills used to produce cotton on the banks of Vickery Creek which is a part of the Chattahoochee River system. Although the mills are in ruins, they are still beautiful to look at. There is a three mile hiking trail that passes by the ruins and the thirty foot tall waterfall, which is beautiful to look at while picnicking and enoing (stringing up an Eno hammock between two trees and relaxing in it). There is also a covered bridge over Vickery Creek, which is a popular spot for homecoming pictures and photo shoots.
The mills were founded by Roswell King, whom the city was named after. They were used to produce the “Roswell gray” fabric for the uniforms of Confederate soldiers. Because of its great importance to the South’s military supply chain, a Union officer working for General Sherman seized the mill in 1864. The Union army not only captured the mill, but deported 400 mill workers, all of them women and children, to Marietta to be sent to Indiana on trains.
Scott Findlay, BT history teacher, is very interested by the history of the mill. “Many may have been assaulted in the process or starved when they finally arrived in Indiana. Very few of them ever returned to Georgia. I suppose people feel like what was done to the mill workers was just the cost of winning the Civil War. I appreciate the monument that was put up at the mill for the victims of this abuse. I’ve always thought it was cool that we as a town have our own signature color, Roswell Gray,” he said.
Nowadays, the mill is used merely for recreation purposes, and there are many BT students who take full advantage of what it has to offer. Junior Matt Pruitt enjoys enoing here whenever the weather is nice. “I was at the mill the majority of the summer, I would just bring my eno and find my favorite spot under some trees and chill there all day. It was a pretty sweet life while it lasted,” said Matt.
Sophomore Avery Carter enjoys hiking on the trail here. The trail is about three miles long and goes in a loop passing along the banks of Vickery Creek. “The loop takes you by the waterfall and the dam which are always cool to see, as well as the old mills and the covered bridge, which are so pretty and a nice reminder of days gone by,” said Avery.
The Mill is renowned for its beauty, and is a wonderful spot for photo shoots and homecoming pictures. Junior Paige Hinkley, a part of BT’s dance company and a dancer at Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance, recently was used in a photo shoot at the mill to promote her dance studio. “When I found out that the location of our shoot was at the mill I was so excited because that place is like my second home, and I go there all the time to hike and have picnics. After hiking, I normally go for a swim in the creek by the waterfall to cool off,” said Paige. “ I’m blessed to be able to live so close to such a historical and picturesque place.”