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Rose Hill Plantation collection

Rose Hill Plantation collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Rose Hill Plantation collection
Creator: Unknown
Inclusive Dates: circa 1950s
Language: English
Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet (7 folders, 1 oversized folder)
Collection Number: ms4058
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Rose Hill Plantation's original cottage was built by Colonial governor Stephen Heard in 1787, and incorporated into the house, built by his son Thomas Jefferson Heard in 1810. Extensive gardens were planted surrounding the house at that time. In 1898, Sallie Harper Heard partnered with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad to create a traveling library operated from Rose Hill that served rural communities along the railroad's route until 1955. Originally a part of Washignton County, it is now in Elbert County, near Elberton, Georgia.

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs, clippings, historic writing, and detailed auction material regarding this property. Also included are writings and photographs of the Seaboard Air Line Free Traveling Library System that began at Rose Hill Plantation, as well as other papers kept by one of its librarians Elizabelle Langston Swift.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rose Hill Plantation collection, ms4058, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Elbert County (Ga.)
Heard, Stephen, 1740-1815
Plantations -- Georgia.
Rose Hill Plantation
Seaboard Air Line Free Traveling Library System
Swift, Elizabelle Langston, 1911-1955
Traveling libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Mounted photographs
21Elizabelle Langston Swift papers
22Seaboard Air Line Free Traveling Library System
23Seaboard Air Line Free Traveling Library System photographs