Hickory Hill was the hoem of Georgia's Populist Senator Thomsas E. Watson; it is comprised of a 12-room historic mansion, situated on 256-acres of woodland gardens, planned gardens, and agricultural fields. Tom Watson Watermelons and other traditional southern cultivars such as muscadine grapes are grown on-site. Among the original farm buildings on site are a cistern, a dovecote, a smokehouse, a corn crib, barn, a carriage shed, a chicken coop, and a peacock run. There are numerous unique trees and shrubs on-site planted by Watson in 1900 including a banana shrub, a beech allee, and an enormous magnolia grove. There are several water features as well a a lake on the property. Hickory Hill is excellent for bird watching.
Hickory Hill is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Guided tours of the house are given at the top of the hour. Tours of the grounds are self-guided. There is a small giftshop on site. There is also a tree and shrub nursery on site.
Livestock such as chickens and peacocks will be added to the site in the coming year.
Thomson, Georgia is located 30 miles west of Augusta, and 120 miles east of Atlanta. From I-20: exit 172, turn right onto Washington Rd, follow that down to Tom Watson Way (about 2 miles), then turn right; Hickory Hill is 1 mile down on the right side of the road, watch for the green on white signs.