Rose Hill was Home of Walkers
The South Reporter, 1980 Pilgrimage Edition, Page 5

This home, known as "Rose Hill" is located ten miles south of Holly Springs. The Walker family settled in Huntsville, Alabama, in the 1800s and reared a family of 14 children, Taylor Walker being the youngest son. At the age of 18, he married Miss Mary Jane Coleman. They were given four slaves by their parents as a wedding gift.

In 1838, just two years after their marriage, they moved to Mississippi and built the home now known as Rose Hill. They reared a family of six children. The two oldest sons were the only ones old enough to participate in the Civil War. Both enlisted in the Confederate Army and returned safely.

A large yard, picket fence, a wide walk from gate to house, large white mulberry trees, magnolia trees, box shrubs, bulbs of all kinds and varieties, and rose bush after rose bush - this is the first sight that greets the eye of a visitor to Rose Hill.

The house is built of logs, weatherboard outside and plastered inside. The lathes for foundation for plaster were split by hand. A wide front porch extends the full length of the house. From this a large handmade door opened into a hall from which open four rooms. Another door similar to the front one leads out into a back porch. Another two stairways lead to the upper story, one from a downstairs room, the other from a back hall.

When the house was first built, large columns supported the front porch, but when the house was repaired in 1900, these were replaced by smaller ones. A new kitchen was added also, replacing the old one that was some distance from the house and connected with it by a narrow walk. Many changes have been made in this old home, such as closets, etc., but much of the original plan still remains.

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