History of Rose Hill
Rose Hill is a beautifully restored Winter Colony Estate in Aiken, South Carolina. The estate has a rich history from the founding family, the Phelps, to each owner following, in art, history, music, horticulture, cultural events, Southern hospitality and more. Rose Hill is the home of creating and nourishing organizations that have left a rich legacy in the City of Aiken, such as, the Girl Scouts of America’s Aiken Chapter, the Garden Club of Aiken, Garden Club of South Carolina, and the Aiken Center for the Arts and more. Over a century of determination, passion for natural beauty, giving, and accomplishment woven with a sensibility of reserve and elegant understatement provide a glimpse of timeless beauty and wondrous charm that is Rose Hill Estate.
The property on which Rose Hill now stands was originally owned by Confederate soldier Alfred Holmes and the original Antebellum home destroyed during the Civil War in the Battle of Aiken. Nearly thirty years after the end of the Civil War, the property and temperate climate caught the attention of the Phelps Family from the Northeast United States as the site for their winter home and Rose Hill was born.
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Miss Claudia Lea
Miss Claudia Lea was well-renown as a lover and sponsor of the West Highland White Terrier. She loved to train and compete with her dogs and served as the president of the West Highland White Terrier Club of America in its early years. Miss Phelps housed her prized dogs at The Rosstor Kennel, which had three locations, one of which sat on Rose Hill Estate. The Estate still boasts three original kennels which still have the outline of a dog door on the front door.