Visits & tours Monday - Friday by appointment only.**
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and major holidays.
We do not host Weddings or Receptions.
502 Hickory Hill Drive
Thomson, GA 30824
Adults - $3
Students - $2
Children - $1
Groups with advance reservation - $1 per person
School/Educational Groups - free
(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
5. To Watson Cottage
6. Muscadine Arbor & Fruit Orchard
7. Peacock Run
8. School House
10. Oak Allee
11. Carriage Shed
12. Lytle Cottage & Museum Shop
13. Corn Crib
15. Barn & Tack Building
16. Chicken Coop
18. Automobile Barn
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.
• 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.