Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Georgia Notebook: Bulloch Hall, Roswell, Georgia

Bulloch Hall is a Greek Revival mansion in Roswell, Georgia built in 1840. 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, mother of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President, lived as a child. It is also where she married Theodore Roosevelt's father, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.

The Hall was built by Martha's father, Major James Stephens Bulloch. He was a prominent planter from the coast who was invited to the new settlement by his friend Roswell King. After the death of his first wife Esther Amarintha Elliott, in 1832 Bulloch married the widow of his first wife's father, Martha (Stewart) Elliott and had four more children Irvine Bulloch, Anna Bulloch, Martha Bulloch and Charles Bulloch, who died young. In 1842 Bulloch and his family moved to 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, 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 also have worked in Bulloch Hall on cooking and domestic tasks to support the family.


Sources: City of Roswell, Roswell CVB, Roswell Photo Society

Further Reading & Information:

Bulloch Hall is located at

180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell, GA 30075

This historic home is owned by the City of Roswell Georgia's Historic and Cultural Affairs Division and managed by Friends of Bulloch, Inc. a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Bulloch Hall is open for tours seven days a week. Tour Schedule:

  • Mon - Sat 10am - 3pm
  • Sun - 1-3pm

For more information and tours call the Hall at 770-992-1731 in the US.

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