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. Community Foundation of Central Georgia holds the Rose Hill endowment monies 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.
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 Kim Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Howard at email@example.com for more information. You may also call Historic Macon’s offices at (478) 742-5084 to speak with Kim.
Rose Hill Ramble
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2-4pm
Jim Barfield will lead the tour and take visitors through the history of the William Wolfe Cemetery, past Oak Ridge, and down to the Bond and Johnston monuments. Oak Ridge is the historically African American cemetery that was officially set aside for black Maconites by City Council in 1851 as a means of segregation.
The tour departs from the Madison Street gate.
$5 or free for Friends of Rose Hill Cemetery. Join the Friends of Rose Hill today to attend for free!
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.
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