Rose Hill listed on Georgia Register of Historic Places
Rose Hill has been placed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places by the Historic Preservation Division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources. This designation moves our application forward to be reviewed for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
The nomination process required considerable research and documentation, which our former Executive Director, Jim Garner, led. The state has advised us that processing nominations to be placed on the National Register takes considerable time. We look forward to sharing news of this national recognition as soon as we receive it.
Richard J. Nichols, a merchant and prominent citizen of Milledgeville, built a home on this site in 1839. The name Rose Hill was chosen because of the abundance of Cherokee Roses that grew on the site. Nichols died in 1849, and his estate was meticulously inventoried.
Daniel R. Tucker grew up in nearby Deepstep, in Washington County. He moved to the Midway community, the area between Scottsboro and Milledgeville, about 1830, and married Martha Goode, who also grew up in Washington County.
In 1850 Tucker was one of the appraisers of R.J. Nichols’ estate. In January, 1851, he purchased the home known as Rose Hill from Nichols’ estate. In February of that year Tucker’s recently purchased house was “entirely consumed” by fire. Tucker built a new home in Greek Revival style on the site in 1852. Tucker’s house is recorded in deed records on March 8, 1853, and is still known today as Rose Hill. Tucker’s life is detailed in this research completed by Jess Burke, a Georgia College & State University student and part-time Lockerly staff member. After Tucker’s death in 1879, the property passed through several hands and was the home of the Hollinshed family until 1928, when it was purchased by Reginald R. Hatcher.
The Hatchers renamed the house Lockerley (spelled in the British manner), after an estate in Hampshire, England that was said to be the ancestral home of Mrs. Hatcher’s family. The Hatchers completed a number of renovations and improvements to the property including expansion of the landscape. In 1963, the house and grounds were sold to Mr. Edward J. Grassmann. He owned American Industrial Clay Company and Georgia Kaolin Company, both located near Milledgeville.
Self-guided tours are available during regular operating hours when we are not holding special events. Tours costs are $3.00 per adult, $1.00 for children and students, and $12 for a family of four. Tour fees can be paid at the Administration Office. Self-guided tours are available at no cost for Friends of Lockerly. The Milledgeville Convention and Visitors Bureau offers trolley tours that often include Rose Hill.
Rose Hill and the surrounding gardens offer a beautiful setting for weddings and celebrations, as well as a unique location for business meetings and strategic planning sessions. Please contact Lockerly staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.