PubHouse_illo_LiteThe Public House is a friendly, inviting environment where families and friends can gather and enjoy a wide array of traditional breakfast and lunch favorites, as well as house-made specialties, which are guaranteed to please the pickiest of eaters. Our chef loves to improve on our already delicious menu items and will post limited run entrée specials—we encourage you to stop by frequently so you don’t miss out on the fun and food!

Originally, the Public House on Historic Roswell Square began its life as a Peasant Restaurant in 1976. Housed in this charming building dating back to 1854, the Public House was originally a commissary for the Roswell Mill. It is one of Roswell’s most significant historical sites and one of the few area buildings pre-dating the Civil War.

As an integral part of 19th century Roswell, the Public House provided a general store in which the workers could purchase everything necessary for domestic and business life. The smaller area, portioned off by the brick columns, became the Dunwoody Shoe Shop in 1920. And as was the custom in those days, the upstairs was a funeral home. If you look carefully, you can discern where the opening was in the ceiling for raising and lowering caskets.

During the Civil War, Sherman spared the building in order to use it as a Union hospital. Public House legend has it that a forbidden romance arose between Michael, a 17-year-old Union soldier, and Catherine, a southern belle and nurse. One night while on guard duty at the hospital, Michael was killed by Confederate soldiers. Catherine also died, but no one really knows how. Some say she was so grief-stricken over Michael’s loss that she hung herself across in the square.

Nowadays you can hear Michael and Catherine dancing in the loft, banging on the piano or playing tricks on the staff. Many Public House visitors and investigators have been witness to some of the eerie goings-on here at night.