The Home-on-the-Hill has been the official residence of all Darlington presidents, heads of school and their families since it was purchased by the school in 1923. Its front façade is one of the most popular vistas on the Darlington campus. Alumni return to the home for Alumni Weekend festivities and students and faculty enjoy social events throughout the year with the Head of School and his family.
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.