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Lockerly Arboretum would like to introduce our supporters to Wiley Bennett.  Wiley is a Boy Scout from Troop 316.  This summer, he is hoping to complete his Eagle Project, the last step he needs to earn his Eagle Scout Rank. An Eagle Project is a community service project that has to be organized and lead by the Scout hoping to obtain his Eagle Rank. His project will be replacing a broken bridge at Lockerly Arboretum, reopening trails that have been closed for many years.

By rebuilding this bridge the community will once again have access to even more of Lockerly’s stunning nature trails. Wiley visited the location of the current bridge and took measurements of it and the surrounding creek and used that information to design a bridge using Sketchup, a 3D modeling program.

The project will cost $700 in lumber alone, with an additional $200 for hardware and other supplies bringing the total cost of the project up to $900.  If Wiley raises more money than needed to complete his project all excess funds will be donated to Lockerly Arboretum. 

Please consider donating to Wiley through his GoFundMe page at: 


Rose Hill Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

ATLANTA (April 26, 2017) – Rose Hill, at Lockerly Arboretum, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The nomination and materials were sponsored by the Lockerly Arboretum Foundation.

Rose Hill was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an excellent and intact example of the Greek Revival style and the Georgian house type in Baldwin County. The Greek Revival style was the first architectural style to appear statewide in Georgia, and while the style is expressed through many variations, Rose Hill embodies almost all of its identifying features.

The two-story house’s stucco clad exterior, prominent columns supporting a full-width porch, the wide plain entablature, heavy proportions, symmetrical front façade, low-pitched hipped roof, and double-hung six-over-six windows are all indicative of the style. Rose Hill also exemplifies the Georgian house type through its two-story, square-shaped plan with a central hallway flanked by pairs of rooms and four interior chimneys. The house retains a high degree of exterior and interior integrity, with the last significant changes occurring in 1963, when bathrooms were added within each of the upstairs bedrooms. Historic interior materials include plaster walls, hardwood floors, pocket doors, mahogany doors, and marble and wooden mantels. Stairs and baseboards feature faux marbling, while most door and window surrounds have faux graining. Several of the associated outbuildings and structures are good examples of household ancillary resources, such as the vegetable crib, pit garden, and koi pond.

Rose Hill was built in 1852 by Judge Daniel R. Tucker, was used as a private residence and, later, as a corporate guest house until 1998. The Lockerly Arboretum Foundation purchased the 2.57-acre parcel encompassing the house in 1998 for use as an educational facility and house museum.

The National Register of Historic Places is our country’s official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. The National Register provides formal recognition of a property’s architectural, historical, or archaeological significance. It also identifies historic properties for planning purposes, and insures that these properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.


Invest in Rose Hill’s Heritage & Future NOW 

Lockerly’s “Invest in Rose Hill’s Heritage & Future” drive continues to grow and is now almost halfway in reaching our goal of $100,000. Please join us in preserving our beautiful 1852 treasure for future generations.

To learn more about this project go to Donations may be made online or checks, made payable to Lockerly Arboretum & marked for Rose Hill’s Heritage, may be sent to:

Lockerly Arboretum
P.O. Box 310
Milledgeville, GA  31059

YOUR support is needed and appreciated!

Anela Kolone Foundation (Suzanne Engel)
Community Foundation of Central Georgia
Gerald Grimes Plumbing
Ed Hall
William R. Harper
Alan & Sherrill Jones
Douglas & Kyle Rick
Milledgeville Garden Club Council
Bill & Dede Reoch
Frank & Ann Vinson
Russ & Anne Walden
Watson-Brown Foundation
Robert Wood


We are proud to announce our partnership with This partnership will allow our visitors and supporters a way to view and explore our plant collections online. Click the link below to access photos and a listing of plants growing at Lockerly Arboretum.

This project is a work in progress. Currently we only have our four largest collections showing on the map. Over the next few weeks, we will add individual plants and we will continue to add more plants over time.

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