The front façade of the Home-on-the-Hill is one of the most popular vistas on the Darlington campus. It was the residence of the heads of school and their families for many decades until it became home to the Advancement Office in recent years. Many community and alumni events are hosted here annually.
Constructed in 1832, this historic structure is one of the oldest homes in Floyd County and was originally the plantation home of Philip Hemphill, one of the City of Rome’s founding fathers. It was then known as “Alhambra,” named for the Moorish palace in Spain. Interestingly, in 1834, Hemphill and four other men met at Alhambra to discuss plans to build a town that would become a trade center, using riverboats as transportation. The name “Rome” was drawn from a hat – among several other options – inside this very house.