Huffington Post’s Julia Pond recently wrote about the ten American suburbs that she labeled as “genuinely cool” based on criteria such as craft beer, nightlife, yoga, and young people. These suburbs, in no particular order, included Bellevue, Washington outside Seattle; Somerville just outside Boston, Massachusetts; West Des Moines, Iowa; Royal Oak, Michigan near Detroit; Sacramento’s suburb of Davis, California; Freeport, New York close to New York City; Evanston, Illinois outside Chicago; Miami’s neighbor, Coral Gables, Florida; North County, California, a suburb of San Diego; and the Atlanta metropolitan area’s Roswell.
Pond wrote that Roswell is cool for a number of reasons. Canton Street is in Roswell’s historic district and known for its cafes and shopping destinations. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy the nightlife.
The largest collection of Dr. Seuss work in the nation is found at the Ann Jackson Gallery at 932 Canton Street (770-993-4783). The family owned business carries oils, acrylics, sculpture, glass, and paper works and won the People’s Choice Award for Best Gallery in Atlanta in 1999, 2000, and 2002.
Visitors may explore Roswell’s southern architecture. Bulloch Hall was built in 1839 by a Roswell settler and grandson of Georgia’s Revolutionary governor; Major Bulloch’s daughter married her New York beau Theodore there in 1853, and their son Teddy Roosevelt later became President. Barrington Hall was built in 1839 by Barrington King, whose father Roswell King founded the town; the home was briefly occupied by Union troops when the family fled. The pre-Civil War Roswell Mills were burned by Union troops but rebuilt after the war; a covered bridge connects the Old Mill Park to the walking trail on the other side of the Chattahoochee River.