In Calhoun, in the backyard of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, you’ll find something you may not expect — an amazing folk art rock garden filled with miniature rock creations of buildings, homes, and even recreations of famous spaces such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and The Colosseum.
You’ll find about an acre of these miniature castles, small towns, and structures, all painstakingly built of pebbles, shells, ceramic tile, stained glass, broken glass pieces, and cement.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Rock Garden Calhoun, Georgia loves — and what you can expect during your visit there.
ROCK GARDEN CALHOUN
The Rock Garden at the Calhoun Seventh Day Adventist Church is the brainchild of church member DeWitt Boyd. He started making structures for his children in their own backyard, and they’d play with the villages he built, which included their own little alter ego porcelain figures. Now, he’s brought his amazing hobby to the church, and his family and other volunteers work to maintain it.
You’ll find about 50 structures here of varying sizes — but some are quite large. The tallest one is maybe about 4 feet tall! You’ll find them located between plants and shrubs, which gives them the look of a fairytale village.
You’ll find some of the structures have a religious theme — one of the towns represent Bethlehem for example — and they’re all really amazing. Some use the area as a prayer garden, but it’s also great to just bring the kids and let them explore and use their imaginations.
A visit here would make a fun excursion and it’s definitely worth a stop. My boys had a wonderful time during our visit.
The Rock Garden is located behind the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Calhoun on 1411 Rome Road. Pull into the church and drive to the far back parking lot. The garden is free to enter and can be visited by the public Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The garden gets a regular flow of visitors, and you’re sure to be as awed and impressed as we were.
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