Welcome to Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum
, one of the finest attractions in Georgia. Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum opened in 1972 as a historic house and history museum. Our mission is to tell the story of Martha Berry and Berry College through exhibits, events, and educational programming.
The tour begins at the Martha Berry Museum where guests can tour the permanent exhibit that traces the evolution of the Berry Schools into Berry College. The Martha Berry Museum also includes an art gallery and temporary exhibits.
Oak Hill is the Greek revival home of Martha Berry, founder of Berry College. Visitors receive a guided tour of the dwelling led by Berry College students. Guests may also tour the home's three outbuildings, as well as Oak Hill's gardens.
The facilities and grounds are open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. However, we are closed for major holidays and the Saturday preceding Monday holidays. Check the campus calendar for exact dates of closure.
Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum is an All-America Selections Display Garden, on the register of Historic sites, and an AAA Star Attraction. We hope you enjoy your visit to this web site and we encourage you to come hear the story firsthand at Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum. About the Oak Hill Gardens
Oak Hill's gardens enhance the beauty of the estate. Designed between 1927 and 1933, Martha Berry sought to establish a Colonial revival garden landscape to match Oak Hill's renovations.
A Philadelphia landscape artist, Robert Cridland, designed the gardens surrounding the house. Cridland's other projects included the rose garden at the Hyde Park mansion of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt and the gardens of Cator Woolford in Atlanta. His landscape designs at Oak Hill represented early-twentieth-century landscaping trends that accompanied the revival of Colonial architecture. Compartmentalized gardens, separated by shrubs or walls, while a Victorian trend, carried over into the twentieth-century. The use of classical statuary and fountains, along with ponds and sundials situated within a panel of greenery were popular designs for elaborate gardens. Sunken gardens included central grass panels surrounded by a wall or perennial border. A garden area was almost always surrounded by a wild garden composed of "carefully planned tree groups with wild flowers, groundcover, and bulbs underneath."
Cridland created four separate gardens, each with distinct features: a formal garden, a sundial garden, a flowered path, and a goldfish garden. A few years later, in 1933, a sunken garden was added to the estate grounds. Furthermore, Cridland devised a landscape plan that created a long and meandering drive way entrance into the home so that people arrived at Oak Hill after traveling along a path lined by oak trees. His alterations adhered strictly to contemporary twentieth-century garden design. The efforts he made in creating a harmonious landscape complemented Oak Hill's Greek revival architecture and exemplified Martha Berry's love and appreciation of nature and beauty.