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Hills & Dales Estate, LaGrange

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Hills & Dales Estate is a home and garden museum with a unique history that spans over 175 years.

The story begins in 1841 when Sarah Ferrell expanded a small garden begun in 1832 by her mother, Nancy Ferrell. The land had been given to Sarah and her husband Blount by her father, Mickleberry Ferrell. Between 1841 and 1903, Sarah Ferrell developed “Ferrell Gardens” into one of the most widely acclaimed gardens in the Southeastern United States.

After the Ferrells died, the property was purchased by Fuller E. Callaway and his wife, Ida Cason, who renamed the estate “Hills and Dales”. Fuller E. Callaway, a successful textile manufacturer, commissioned the noted architectural firm of Hentz & Reid of Atlanta to design a new home. The house was built on the site of the old Ferrell home and was completed in 1916. Ida and Fuller also restored the gardens, and added fountains and statuary to enhance the Italianate character of the garden. After Fuller’s death in 1928, Ida continued to live at Hills and Dales and to oversee the gardens until her death in 1936.

Beginning in 1936, Fuller E. Callaway, Jr. and his wife, Alice Hand, took over the care of the estate. They continued to preserve the house and historic garden, while adding selected features until his death in 1992 and her passing in 1998. In accordance with the wishes of Alice and Fuller Callaway, Jr. the estate was given to Fuller E. Callaway Foundation and is now open for the enjoyment of visitors.
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  • A wonderful restored mansion and gardens. You start at the Visitor Center with a 15 min film on the history of the families who lived here. Then a guided tour of the house, which was excellent. Follow...  more »
  • We had a delightful tour of the beautiful home. It was worth every penny! Don't miss this if you're in west Georgia! It's a wonderful story of love, family and gardens!  more »
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our impromptu visit to Hills and Dales Estate. We were planning a visit to Callaways Gardens on a bus tour but due to circumstances we couldnt take the bus tour but noticed the bus tour plans included Hills and Dales as part of their tour so we decided to check it out. What a delightful surprise at the beautiful home and grounds, so lovingly cared for and now open to the pubic. The whole house and all the grounds are totally accessible to the public with a guided tour of the home. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and gracious. One of the best tours I've had. Well worth your time.
  • My husband and I enjoyed the tour. Very pretty to see everything decorated for Christmas. Staff was very kind and helpful. Gave us free passes to return when it’s warmer and everything in the gardens is in bloom.

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