Hills & Dales Estate

Hills & Dales Estate, LaGrange: Hours, Address, Hills & Dales Estate Reviews: 5/5

Hills & Dales Estate
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Historic Sites • Gardens
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Hills & Dales Estate is the historic home and garden of textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway. Located in LaGrange, Georgia. The centerpiece of the estate is a beautiful Georgian-Italian style home built in 1916. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Hentz & Reid it is one of the finest homes built toward the end of the country house era. The home was occupied by two generations of the Callaway family and contains all of the families' original furnishings. Formal gardens surrounding the home and were created by the original owner of the property, Sarah Coleman Ferrell prior to the Civil War. Within the gardens visitors will see many of Sarah's religiously inspired planting including a large planting of the word "God" and her personal motto "God is Love." The extensive formal boxwood garden also feature an herb garden, greenhouse, fountains and garden sculpture. The 35-acre estate, complemented by a Visitor Center containing family artifacts and displays, opened to the public in 2004. In May of 2010 twenty additional rooms on the second and third floor of the home opened for tours.
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Fred B
Acworth, GA3 contributions
Jul 2021
My wife and I came to LaGrange for a July 4th getaway and Hills and Dales was at the top of our list. Our visit consisted of a guided tour of the mansion, followed by a self-guided walking tour through the formal gardnens. The standard tour covers three floors of the main residence, but the upper floors were off-limits due to renovation, so we saw only the main floor, but that was still interesting in itself. There were not many visitors that Friday so the guide actually gave my wife and I a private tour. What I enjoyed most were the gardens, they are very well designed and well-tended for, there is something new to see every few yards. I did notice a few gaps in the boxwoods, probably due to disease or neglect from an earlier period, but these were few and far between, and the gardeners are evidently making efforts to remedy the issue. The staff was very helpful and friendly, wanting to engage in conversation and didn't appear to be rushed. Visitors enter through the visitor center and then are shuttled to the main residence and gardens in electric carts, or can choose to walk. At the end of your tour you return to the entrance the same way. The carts ran efficiently and we never had to wait.
Written July 5, 2021
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Equity
Naples, FL490 contributions
Dec 2020
My wife and I enjoy visiting and touring historic homes and estates in our travels and Hills & Dales Estate is one of the finest in America. It is on a par with Hillwood, the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post in Washington, D.C. We toured the estate a few days ago on a trip to Callaway Gardens, about 15 miles from Lagrange, GA.
The house and gardens, originally built by Fuller Callaway, Sr., are a gem!! They are lovingly cared for and welcoming to visitors. The guided tour at the time we took it was limited to the first floor, but there is a lot to see. Our tour guide was marvelous and knowledgeable. She knew every detail about the sources of the building materials, decor and construction of each room.
The gardens are a sight to see. One tours them with a map. In the spring and summer months they must be fantastic when everything is in bloom, and that will be a reason for us to return. What was most interesting is that the gardens were cared for by two generations of Callaway women for over 60 years each! It was their life's passion and it certainly shows. It is also recommended to visit downtown Lagrange, a charming small city with a beautiful town square with a statue of Lafayette. We had a take-out lunch on a bench in the park there.
Written December 6, 2020
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Margie M
Alabama51 contributions
Jan 2021
This is a must see for anyone visiting Lagrange area. The staff is so knowledgeable and friendly! They go out of their way to make your visit memorable. The house is absolutely beautiful and such great care has been taken to preserve the history and beauty of this place. Our tour guide was so good, the house seemed to come to life as she shared the history of this magnificent home. The gardens are magical! We visited last weekend during the winter so I can only imagine how beautiful they will be in the spring. We plan on visiting often (we became members) and enjoying this incredible place.
Written February 2, 2021
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Mineral48503
Columbus, GA10 contributions
Oct 2020
The place was wonderful and staff (volunteers??) well trained. But we specifically appreciated how kind and accommodating they were. I am currently immunocompromised due to chemo and this was my first outing in months. We hoped an outdoor garden would be" Covid safe", but of course I wanted to tour the house. Due to Coronavirus, they have only recently resumed house tours and with limitations. However, given my situation even that concerned us so we were content to stick to the garden. But they were so kind and took advantage of the current state of few visitors and offered a private tour for my husband and me. They even ran the movie (which is also good by the way) just for us. I imagine they couldn't make these accommodations under normal conditions, but I so appreciate that when they could they did. We wouldn't have been able to see the house otherwise. And we are now members. Can't wait to return.
Written October 3, 2020
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Laurie C
Panama City, Florida, United States63 contributions
Jul 2021
I have spent time in the LaGrange area for the past five years but I had never visited Hills and Dales. My first and definitely not my last visit - I converted my day pass to an annual pass as I left. I was a little short on time and now wish I had started in the greenhouses - but if I had, I may not have seen anything else! I can't wait to see how the estate changes with the seasons! I highly recommend to plant lovers and gardeners, also history buffs. It may not be the Biltmore House but well worth a visit!!! And the staff was wonderful.
Written July 14, 2021
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Irma V
5 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
We came for the holiday tour through the house and gardens. It was a lovely experience and I definitely recommend. We were not able to view the second floor due to Covid restrictions limiting the group size, so we will visit again one day to do so. Was wonderful to learn about the history of the house, the grounds, and the families living here. The Christmas tree with the original decorations was a great hit. Thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work in retaining this treasure ❤
Written January 31, 2021
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Lisa E
Dubuque, IA53 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
The history of this house and the gardens was so interesting. The house was built in 1916 and lived in by same family through 1998. The gardens were designed and mantained by four generations of women. The staff who gave tours and work the gardens were so friendly and informative. They all seemed to love their jobs!
Written June 7, 2021
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Linda Crumpton
Newnan, GA5 contributions
Oct 2020
This was a beautiful place to visit and learn about the Callaway family and their contributions to the area. they were quite the philanthropists. the gardens are beautiful and the home tour very interesting. if you are in the area I would highly suggest visiting. Parking is free and a trolley will ride you to the house if you prefer.
Written October 9, 2020
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campbell8515
Winston Salem, NC29 contributions
Apr 2022
Callaway family was so giving / kind to the community . Grace, tour guide, most informative, garden staff kept the gardens clean neat. we talked to garden spvr who had been there 28 yrs..another worker ., 10 yrs there, explained boxwoods w/ much knowledge. Azaleas lovely , greenhouse w;/ orchids nice., 14 min video most impressive, tram to house from visitor center good views of the estate grounds.
Written April 16, 2022
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Nancy A
95 contributions
Sep 2021
This home is a magnificent home and gardens You can’t take pictures inside the house and it’s a shame, it was just gorgeous. It wasn’t ostentatious like some of the big old homes, just very well done and very pretty, livable. The gardens were amazing. It must take an army of people to keep everything trimmed and in such good condition. It’s one of the best homes and gardens that I’ve been to.
Written September 4, 2021
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