The original owner of the property, Mrs. R.E. Smith, named the estate Rosewood Farms because of the beautiful roses that were grown on the property. The house has a formal living room, dining room, parlor, butlers pantry and a large banquet room. The swing set in the side yard has been in place for over seventy years for the enjoyment of the children who grace Rosewood with their presence.
The house features beautiful crystal chandeliers that date back more than seventy five years. The parlor has a secret hiding place in the bookcase that was undoubtedly used for hiding important documents and probably family money. The front rooms of the house have gorgeous original hardwood floors. Rosewood has a total of four fireplaces. The unique front door is actually a “goat door”, with the top opening separate from the bottom. It is surrounded by original leaded glass. The window treatments in the living room are antique and very unusual. They were rescued from an estate home in the Bessemer area. The furnishings in the downstairs and the Bridal room are antique and handpicked for the home. The construction of the house is still sound today due to the wonderful craftsmanship of yesteryear. All of the ceilings and floors are tongue and groove heart of pine.
In May of 2006 Billy and Renee Mikell purchased Rosewood with the dream of holding weddings, receptions, anniversary parties, teas, etc., in this wonderful old estate. They immediately began renovations and major landscaping to once again have roses scattered around the property. They restored the old lily pond, cleared property and built a beautiful natural rock wall for one of the several ceremony areas planned for the venue. They have beautifully illuminated Rosewood, complete with chandeliers hanging from the hundred plus year old trees. They have recently built a beautiful ballroom that doubles as a chapel. They have plans in the future to build a replica of an old wedding chapel in the pasture area of the estate.