Rose Hill was Home of Walkers
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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