Old Mill on Berry College Campus
Our hike begins beside the Old Mill on the college Mountain Campus. We'll hike up to the House of Dreams. This is an absolutely gorgeous hike up Lavender Mountain to Martha Berry's House o' Dreams. When you get to the top, there are absolutely gorgeous views of the valley below and you can walk around the gardens and house. Once we summit to the top we will then tour the house and cottage.
Hike: 5.2 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate (Because of the ascent to the top)
Time: 2 - 3 hours (Allow for pictures of views)
Fee: $4.00 for the tour
Lunch: Picnic style to eat in house
Directions: From Atlanta, Georgia: Approx. 1 hr., 20 min. (Approx. 72 miles).
Take I-75 N to Rome-Canton Exit 290. Take left off exit, drive 2.5 mi., then road ends at a light. Turn left, then take an immediate right onto Highway 41 North (to reach Highway 411). Drive 2.8 mi., then take Highway 411 South exit (on right). Drive 17.3 mi., then turn right at light onto East Rome Bypass (Rome Loop 1). Drive 8.4 mi., then take right at light (see The Martha Berry Museum on your left) onto Martha Berry Highway (U.S. Highway 27 North). Drive 0.7 mi., then turn left into Berry College main entrance
The House o’ Dreams is built on what used to be farmland atop Lavender Mountain. It is a large stone, board and batten cottage on top of Lavender Mountain built in 1926. At 1,360 feet above sea level and 600 feet above Frost Memorial Chapel, the House o’ Dreams and its water/fire tower command a superb view of the campuses, the reservoir, the city of Rome, the Northwest Georgia area, and the neighboring states of Alabama and Tennessee.
• Tours of Martha Berry's home start every 30 minutes at the museum from 10am until 3:30. They allow visitors to go through the house with a tour guide as well as Aunt Martha's Cottage and the Carriage House. Group rate for the tour is $4.
• Suggested Itinerary for Adult Groups: Arrival at the Martha Berry Museum Welcome and short film about Berry College (15 minutes) Tour of the Martha Berry Museum by Berry College Students (30 minutes) Guided tour of Oak Hill Home by Berry College Students (30 minutes) Tour "Aunt" Martha's Cottage and Carriage House (15 minutes) Visit the Oak Hill Museum Store (15 minutes)