Rose Hill, a Greek Revival home circa 1852, is the centerpiece of the Lockerly Arboretum, and presides over its surroundings with elegance and grace. Richard J. Nichols, a merchant and prominent citizen of Milledgeville, built a home on this site in 1839. The name Rose Hill was chosen because of the abundance of Cherokee Roses that grew on the site. Nichols died in 1849, and his estate was meticulously inventoried. Daniel R. Tucker purchased the home in 1851. In February of that year Tucker’s recently purchased house was “entirely consumed” by fire. Tucker built a new home in 1852 on the site and it is still known today as Rose Hill.
Rose Hill at Lockerly Arboretum is open for guided tours on Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm. Tours are held every hour on the hour and the last tour begins at 3 pm. Tour tickets are $5.00 per person.
Visitors can walk the trails, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the tables near the pond, watch birds and wildlife, and explore the mansion. Coordinated group tour pricing is available, please call for rates. All dogs must be kept on a leash and owners are asked to clean up after their pets.