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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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  • We made an after Christmas trip to Fantasy in Lights for my mother’s Christmas present. We decided to also visit Hills and Dales. It was an excellent experience. The tour of the home was excellent....  more »
  • The house is very well preserved with mostly original decor and furnishings..The docents are very well trained and knowledgeable. The gardens have a wide variety plantings for every season that...  more »
  • It was a great place to see, but it happened to be a rainy day. The pretty women was nice to us and got ‘rain check’ in our tickets. We were told we can visit again without re-admission, with same old tickets. Waiting for the fine day to see the entire area.
  • We loved our tour of this beautifully built home. The attention to detail and thought that went into the home as well as the gardens is amazing. The movie at the visitor center is lovely and speaks about the women and how the gardens started and we're maintained. Rose gave us the house tour which took about an hour and very interesting. If I lived in the area I would definitely go back several times as I was quite enchanted by both the grounds and the home. Definitely a must see if you are a romantic, enjoy beautiful gardens and craftsmanship of old homes.

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