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Roswell Historical Society couples wine tasting, history lesson
by James Swift
jswift@neighbornewspapers.com
July 09, 2014 10:58 AM | 1421 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roswell Historical Society members Kelly Barkley, Carmen Ford, Sherron Lawson and Jennifer Todd prepare for their wine tasting event.
Roswell Historical Society members Kelly Barkley, Carmen Ford, Sherron Lawson and Jennifer Todd prepare for their wine tasting event.
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The Roswell Historical Society will host a French wine tasting event at the Little Green House this Saturday.

The event, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at 780 Hembree Road, will feature hors d’oeuvres and a lesson on the Federal occupation of Roswell.

The upcoming event coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Union takeover of the Roswell Manufacturing Co. The theme of the event stems from Theophile Roche’s unsuccessful attempt to dupe Federal officers by flying a French flag at the mill in 1864.

Proceeds from the event will go towards preservation of the Hembree Farm Historic Site.

“We’ve been working on the restoration of the properties since 2007,” said Sherron Lawson, co-chair of the society’s Hembree Farm Focus Project. “Naturally, it will be another step along the difficult road of gathering the funds to do the restoration.”

The Little Green House was constructed in the early 1900s. Several generations of the Hembree family, Lawson said, have called the residence home.

“The Hembree family was here before the actual founding of Roswell,” Lawson said. “So I think it is a significant historic site, representing the agrarian or yeoman class of settlers who came to Roswell.”

Don Reddicks, a certified wine educator and advisor at Harry’s Farmers Market on 1180 Upper Hembree Road, will be on hand to present samples.

“When we said we wanted to do French wine, he knew exactly which ones he wanted to pull,” said society membership chair Jennifer Todd. Three of the five wines chosen for the event, she said, are among the top 10 sold at Harry’s.

Of the selections he will be showcasing, Reddicks said his favorite is a Bordeaux wine from 2009.

The elements that make up a great French wine, he said, are the same for any great wine.

“The quality, the endurance, the history behind it,” he said. “The French have more history than just about anybody.”

Not that many locals, Todd said, have actually stepped inside the Little Green House. She said the event allows residents and visitors a chance to admire the Roswell landmark up close.

“It’s quite beautiful inside,” she said. “If anyone’s a history buff, they’ll really enjoy it.”

Tickets for the event are $30 per person. There are no concerns about high temperatures, Lawson said, as the building will be air conditioned.

For more information, the society can be contacted online at societyrhs@bellsouth or by phone at (770) 992-1665.

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