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                                                                                                                                   The City of Roswell is the new owner of Holly
                                                                                                                                   Hill, a historic home built circa 1845. City Council
                                                                                                                                   approved the $1.5 million purchase of the home
                                                                                                                                   built by Savannah cotton grower Robert Adams
                                                                                                                                   Lewis. His wife, Catharine Barrington Cooke, was
                                                                                                                                   a niece of Roswell King, who founded the city.

                                                                                                                                   City Council voted unanimously to purchase the
                                                                                                                                   home. Councilwoman Lee Hills said the Holly Hill
                                                                                                                                   home survived fires during the Civil War when
                                                                                                                                   local mills were burned. The previous owners            THE HISTORY
                                                                                                                                   Lewis and Nancy Gray purchased the home in              Robert Adams Lewis, a Savannah cotton broker, built
                                                                                                                                   1984, she said, and did a complete restoration.         this raised cottage across from Historic Town Square
                                                                                                                                   Some of the original black marble fireplaces and        around 1845. Similar to other historic homes in the
                                                                                                                                   pocket doors remain.                                    area, it is constructed of Georgia pine with bricks made
                                                                                                                                                                                           on the property.
        THE PLANTING                                                                                                               Mayor Kurt Wilson said Holly Hill will be part of       Mr. Lewis married Catherine Barrington Cook, a niece
                                                                                                                                   an upcoming effort to put a renewed focus on
                                                                                                                                   Roswell’s historic assets. The plan will include
                                                                                                                                                                                           of Roswell King. One will find architectural details in
        OF HOLLIES AT                                                                                                              making Roswell more of a destination for its            the house such as hand-turned spindles and newel
                                                                                                                                   history, as well as generating revenue from the
                                                                                                                                                                                           posts on the stairs, lovely oak leaf and acorn motifs
                                                                                                                                   newly purchased home and the historic sites at
                                                                                                                                                                                           above the windows and doors, and impressive black
        HOLLY HILL                                                                                                                 Bulloch Hall, Barrington Hall, Mimosa Hall and          Italian marble mantles in the parlors. The home
                                                                                                                                   Smith Plantation.
                                                                                                                                                                                           changed hands among the King, Wing, Hansell, and
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sommerville families before the last residential
                                                                                                                                                                                           owners, the Gray family.
        The City of Roswell is excited to announce its newest
        historic properties acquisition, Holly Hill.                                                                               “It is part of a larger goal to create                  The Grays carefully restored and maintained the house
                                                                                                                                   a comprehensive historical assets                       while being active in local history and preservation.
             4,000 SF                1.76 ACRES                 3.5 BATHS                                                          plan and tie it to Bulloch Avenue to                    The property received the name “Holly Hill” when the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sommerville family completed extensive renovations
                                                                                                                                   bring more love and connection to                       to the landscape, which included the planting of many
                                                                                                                                   the historical areas in the City of                     hollies.

                                                                                                                                   Roswell,” Wilson said.

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