Business Hours

Visits & tours Monday - Friday by appointment only.**
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and major holidays. 

We do not host Weddings or Receptions

Address & Directions

502 Hickory Hill Drive
Thomson, GA 30824


Adults - $3
Students - $2
Children - $1
Groups with advance reservation - $1 per person
School/Educational Groups - free

Contact Info

(706) 595-7777 phone
(877) 595-9777 phone
(706) 595-7177 fax


Hickory Hill participates in the Blue Star Museums Initiative through the National Endowment for the Arts.  This initiative provides FREE admission to active duty Military, Reserves, and National Guard members and up to 5 of their family members.

**Hickory Hill has a small staff and is closed periodically for school and camp programs.  Please call ahead to ensure we are available to host your visit. All tours of the house are guided.  For information on scheduling group or school tours, or Scout programs, please visit the Education page.






1. Timeline and Sundial      

 2. Beech Allee      

 3. Saltire Pavilion    

4. Fountain      

5. To Watson Cottage       

6. Muscadine Arbor & Fruit Orchard        

 7. Peacock Run        

 8. School House       

9. Smokehouse        

10. Oak Allee

11. Carriage Shed

12. Lytle Cottage & Museum Shop

13. Corn Crib

14. Cistern

15. Barn & Tack Building

16. Chicken Coop

17. Dovecote

18. Automobile Barn

Gardens at Hickory Hill

The secluded woodlands of Hickory Hill surrounded Tom Watson with a solace and dignity he found elusive in the political arena. Many of the grand trees that surround you at Hickory Hill were planted under Tom Watson’s direction. Invoices from Augusta’s Fruitland Nurseries (now the Augusta National Golf Club) list dogwoods, maples, deodar cedars, banana shrubs, and 100 magnolias. Nearly 270 acres comprise the modern Hickory Hill estate. The arboretum may be enjoyed via paths that weave through Watson’s beech and oak allées, his orchard and the estate’s numerous support buildings.


Gentle Reminders

• Bikes and pets are not permitted beyond the parking area at Hickory Hill. Please clean up after your pet.
• Food and beverages are permitted on the grounds only. Trash receptacles are located on the grounds.
• Professional photography is not permitted at Hickory Hill. Appointments may be made to utilize the nearby Monroe Kimbrel Gardens.
• Hickory Hill is a natural habitat for amphibians, reptiles, song birds, raptors, and small mammals. Please keep a safe distance, do not feed the wildlife, and never attempt to remove any animal from the grounds.