Historic Macon Foundation supports the Friends of Rose Hill by staffing its committee and working with committee members to carry out the Rose Hill Master Plan. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia holds the Rose Hill endowment funds that are used for Rose Hill's preservation.

The new Rose Hill website is live! On this site, visitors can learn more about Rose Hill, upcoming events, and search the database.

Visit the Rose Hill website to search the cemetery directory.

*Please note that some factual information, i.e., contact information, membership details, etc. on the site needs to be updated. We are working to make changes to this information. Contact Chris Howard at cadhoward@gmail.com for more information. You may also call Historic Macon’s offices at (478) 742-5084.

Rose Hill Ramble weekend

October’s Rose Hill Ramble will involve more than the popular Sunday tour of the iconic cemetery.

Here’s what else is going on:

 Meet & Greet — FREE 

 Thursday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7 p.m.

Join us at StARTup Studios, adjacent to Rose Hill Cemetery at 1055 Riverside Drive. Light refreshments will be provided. (You can park behind the building or on the road leading up to the Rose Hill entrance.)

Headstone Cleaning Class — FREE

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Joey Fernandez will lead the class, held at the Simri Rose family plot, teaching proper cleaning methods for historic stone as well as legal and ethical considerations. Work clothes are recommended for this hands-on class. Omega Mapping Service also will provide a ground-penetrating radar demonstration. (Participants should park along the Rose Hill driveway and check in at the main gate.)

Rose Hill Ramble

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m. 

Noted historian Jim Barfield will offer a guided tour down Central Avenue, sharing insightful stories that bring Macon's history to life. The tour is free for members of the Friends of Rose Hill and $5 for the general public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information and how to join The Friends of Rose Hill, visit our website

Rose Hill Rambles are conducted in the historic Rose Hill Cemetery and require participants to cross occasionally uneven terrain and be able to walk and/or stand for about 1.5 hours. 

Historic Macon and the Friends of Rose Hill host Rose Hill Rambles every October and April.

DOWNTOWN CHALLENGE GRANT

In June 2016, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia awarded the Friends of Rose Hill Cemetery $30,000 to investigate connecting the cemetery to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and to design and install some interpretive signage in the Oak Ridge section. In exploring the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail connection, the first step was a survey of the land where a connection would run, which was completed in July. Currently we are looking at what permits we would need to connect the trail and exploring options for what the connection would actually look like. For the Oak Ridge signage initiative, we have are setting a meeting with stakeholders in the government as well as the community to discuss content and placement. Once the content is finalized, we will begin designing this signage. Installation will be complete before March of 2017.

Historic Macon also received a $12,000 grant to update the Rose Hill Cemetery print map and to create a digital version in June 2017.

ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS

The Friends have also just applied for two other grants to assist with projects in the cemetery. The Burke Foundation grant specifically looks at improvements in historic Catholic cemeteries, so we applied for $50,000 over two years to repair the retaining walls in this section and to design and build a space for reflection within this section. Both of this initiatives were proposed in the 2007 master plan for the cemetery. The Macon-Bibb County Parks and Beautification Department has agreed to donate at least $25,000 of in kind services as part of this grant in order to remove dead trees and invasive vegetation.

The Friends also recently finished applying for the Historic Landscape and Garden grant through the Garden Club of Georgia. If awarded, these funds will allow for the repair and repainting of the North/Scott/Dobbs plot fence, which is readily visible as you enter the cemetery's main gate. The Garden Club of Georgia can award up to $3,000, which will be matched by the Friends to complete this project.

Become our Friend!

Join the Friends of Rose Hill by downloading a form and mailing it to:

Historic Macon Foundation

ATTN: Friends of Rose Hill

PO. Box 13358

Macon, GA 31201