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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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