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“Excellent Tour and History. Beautiful Gardens!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hills & Dales Estate

Hills & Dales Estate
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in LaGrange
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
LaGrange, Georgia, United States
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“Excellent Tour and History. Beautiful Gardens!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

Excellent Tour and History. Beautiful furnishings. Alot of history to take in. Gardens and Flowers are incrediable!

Visited December 2011
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west central Georgia
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161 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Beautiful each visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

I live in this area and have chosen to buy a yearly pass so that I can visit whenever I want. I can also take guests at reduced prices. I have toured the house with different guides, and each guide gives thorough information about the Estate. The guides obviously love their job and love this place! The gardens are beautiful year-round. I think I need to visit again soon!

Visited December 2011
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Sharpsburg GA
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“An estate to be lived in...beautiful gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

We visited Biltmore a month before visiting Hills and Dales. Of course, Biltmore is incredible. We love going there. But Hills and Dales gives a completely different perspective of an estate that was built to be a home, not a show piece. The gardens are beautiful and the staff could not be more informative and welcoming. We picked up lots of tips from one of the gardeners on duty.

Visited April 2012
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stratford, pe, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Worth the drive to Lagrange”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is not just another amazing house and garden visit/tour. The house tour was personalized, thorough, thoughtful and done by Carelton who clearly loved what he was doing. There are no plexiglas barriers or roped off rooms and you are made to feel like guests of the Callaway,s. The gardens are beautiful and well labelled....A great half day experience.....Loved it..Marie and Jim...PE, Canada

Visited April 2012
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Arvada, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Enjoy a bit of Georgia history, a "secret garden" , and lovely estate home.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Great way to spend a quiet, relaxing day amid flowers and walls in the lovely historic home. Everyone was friendly and informative from the gardeners to the guides. Begin at the Visitors Center, watch the movie, walk throught the lovely well kept home , then leisurely enjoy the gardens and greenhouse. Take the trail back to the parking lot through the beautiful gate.

Visited April 2012
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