ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia
Rose Hill Cemetery
One of the South's most historic burial grounds,
Macon's Rose Hill Cemetery is the final resting place
of Southern generals and famed musicians.
Rose Hill Cemetery
The beautifully landscaped
cemetery has been a fixture of
Macon, Georgia since 1840.
Overlooking the Ocmulgee
The grave of Col. John Basil
Lamar has a commanding
view of the Ocmulgee River.
He was killed at the Battle of
Crampton's Gap in 1862.
Soldiers Square
More than 600 Confederate
soldiers rest at peace in the
Soldiers Square section of
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Rose Hill Cemetery - Macon, Georgia
Macon's Historic Burial Ground
Georgia's Hero of Olustee
Gen. Alfred Holt Colquitt
commanded the Confederate
line at the Battle of Olustee,
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Opened in 1840 through the efforts of Simri
Rose, for whom it is named, Rose Hill
Cemetery is a landmark of the historic city of
Macon, Georgia.

Mr. Rose, an early newspaper publisher and
community promoter, envisioned Rose Hill
as a place that would serve as both a burial
ground and park for the people of Macon. The
plan was a stunning example of landscape
architecture, developed on a hill overlooking
downtown Macon in one direction and the
beautiful Ocmulgee River in another.

The original design of the cemetery did not
allow above ground vaults and all burials
were required to be made below ground.
This was an extremely unique requirement in
Southern cemeteries of the time. Plot holders
were also not allowed to clear away any
natural forest growth without prior approval.

Its design and implementation was so
unique that Rose Hill experienced what could
only be described as a 19th century "burial
boom." Sections were added as both local
residents and people from throughout the
South, many of whom had no connection to
Macon, acquired lots there. Plot sizes were
allowed to be reduced and eventually the
cemetery grew into what it is today.

Still stunningly beautiful, Rose Hill Cemetery
is very much a part of the heritage of the
South. In the Soldiers Square section, for
example, more than 600 Confederate
soldiers rest together on a sloping hillside
overlooking the Ocmulgee River. Many of
these men died in local hospitals after being
wounded fighting Sherman's army during the
Atlanta Campaign.

Other Confederate veterans rest in plots
throughout the cemetery. Several are of
particular note.

Resting in a beautiful plot high above the
river, for example, is Col. John Basil Lamar.
Mortally wounded at the Battle of Crampton's
Gap, Maryland, on September 14, 1862, he
died the next day.

Nearby can be found a simple monument
marking the
grave of Gen. Alfred Holt Colquitt.
One of the most remarkable men in Southern
history, Colquitt was a U.S. Representative,
U.S. Senator and Governor of Georgia. In the
service of the Confederacy he rose to the
rank of Major General and commanded the
lines at the
Battle of Olustee, Florida, helping
to achieve a stunning victory over an invading
Union army. Even at the time his fellow
Georgians dubbed him the "Hero of Olustee."

On a nearby ridge rests Gen. Edward Dorr
Tracy, Jr., who was killed leading troops from
Alabama and Georgia at the Battle of Port
Gibson, Mississippi.
For fans of the Southern Rock style of music
that burst onto the national scene during the
1970s, Rose Hill Cemetery is best known as
the burial place of Duane Allman and Berry
Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band.

Allman was posthumously ranked as one of
the top two guitarists of the rock era (with
Jimi Hendrix) by
Rolling Stone magazine and
was recognized as the developer of the
unique electric guitar sound that became the
foundation of Southern Rock music. He also
played, but never toured, with Eric Clapton on
the album
Layla and other assorted Love
, including the famed title track.

Known by friends as "Skydog," Duane Allman
also played on recordings by Aretha Franklin,
Wilson Pickett and others, and was a moving
force behind the famed Allman Brothers
Live at Filmore East.

A lover of motorcycles his whole life, Duane
Allman died when a truck turned into the path
of his bike in Macon on October 29, 1971. He
was only 24 years old.

Please click here to visit the official Allman
Brothers site to learn more about the life and
music of Duane Allman.

His friend and Allman Brothers founding
bassist Berry Oakley died in motorcycle
accident in Macon just one year after Allman.
The two are buried side by side.

Rose Hill Cemetery is located at 1091
Riverside Drive in Macon and is open to the
public daily.
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