Bulloch Hall

Historic home in Roswell, Georgia, United States of America

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Bulloch Hall is where Theodore Roosevelt's parents were married, in December 1853.
Location180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell, Georgia
Coordinates34°0′54.51″N 84°22′4.17″W / 34.0151417°N 84.3678250°W / 34.0151417; -84.3678250Coordinates: 34°0′54.51″N 84°22′4.17″W / 34.0151417°N 84.3678250°W / 34.0151417; -84.3678250
Built byWillis Ball
Architectural styleGreek Revival
Part ofRoswell Historic District (ID74000682[1])
NRHP reference No.71000276 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 27, 1971
Designated CPMay 2, 1974

Bulloch Hall is a Greek Revival mansion in Roswell, Georgia, built in 1839. 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 Roosevelt ("Mittie"), mother of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President, lived as a child. It is also where she married Theodore Roosevelt's father, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. The Roosevelt family are descendants of Archibald Bulloch, the first Governor of Georgia (1730-1777).

The antebellum mansion was built by Mittie's father, Major James Stephens Bulloch. He was a prominent planter from the Georgia coast, who was invited to the new settlement by his friend Roswell King. After the death of his first wife Hester Amarintha "Hettie" Elliott - mother of his son James D. Bulloch - Bulloch married the widow of his first wife's father, Martha "Patsy" Stewart Elliot, and had four more children:

Major Bulloch selected a ten-acre plot of land and engaged a skilled builder, Willis Ball, to design and construct an elegant Greek Revival home. The Bulloch family lived in an abandoned Cherokee farmhouse while slaves and trained laborers built the house. In 1839, Major Bulloch and his family moved into 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 [1], 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 have worked in the home, on cooking and domestic tasks to support the family. Some of the known slaves who worked in the house were "Maum" Rose (cook), "Maum" Charlotte (housekeeper), "Maum" Grace (nursemaid), "Daddy" William, "Daddy" Luke, and Henry.

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