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Roswell Mill Dam on Vickery Creek, Roswell, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 34° 00.644 W 084° 21.118
16S E 744541 N 3766507
Quick Description: Roswell Mill Dam is a 30-foot dam and millrace that was constructed on Vickery Creek in the mid-to-late 1830s to supply power for the Roswell mills.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/8/2007 1:29:07 PM
Waymark Code: WM1ZBF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member NFreitas
Views: 216

Long Description:
Roswell Mill Dam is a 30-foot dam and millrace that was constructed on Vickery Creek in the mid-to-late 1830s to supply power for the Roswell mills.

Roswell King of Darien, following the Chattahoochee River discovered vast forests and the rushing waters of Vickery (Vickery's) Creek. These natural resources inspired him to envision a mill, powered by the water, and a community close by.

In 1838, he began work on the first cotton mill and in 1839 it was incorporated as The Roswell Manufacturing Company. The company was extremely successful and expanded. Even a "flouring" mill was constructed. Orders for cloth, tenting, rope, flannels, and yarn poured in.

Mr. King offered home sites and investment opportunities to his friends and associates from coastal Georgia and a community was built. They constructed magnificent homes for themselves, cottages and apartments for mill workers, a general store near the mill, a church, and an academy to attend to the educational needs of the children.

During the Civil War the mills were destroyed but the magnificent homes and church were not. After the War, families returned to Roswell and began to pick up the pieces of their lives. The mills were rebuilt and the textile industry once again became a strong part of Roswell's economy, until 1975.

The mill has since been destroyed but the Dam that was build to form the mill pond still stands. Roswell is home to many fine hiking trails and offers many natural as well as historic sites to visit.


Parking is available in the Old Mill lot at the end of Mill Street in Roswell. Access to the dam is via an easy to follow trail.

Waterway where the dam is located: Vickery Creek

Main use of the Water Dam: Other

Material used in the structure: masonry

Height of Dam: 30

Date built: Not listed

Fishing Allowed: Not Listed

Motor Sports Allowed: Not Listed

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