2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW, Mt. Berry, GA 30149
COVID-19 Update: The Berry College campus will reopen to the public beginning Sunday, May 9, 2021 until further notice. Hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the campus is accessible for outdoor recreation use only; there is no public access to buildings.
It is worth the short trip to Rome to visit the beautiful Berry Campus and view the Ford Complex. It is a “city on a hill” of Berry College and is one of the most photographed areas of the campus. While on campus, be sure to visit: The Old Mill and also hike to the House O’ Dreams.
History of Ford Complex
After visiting the Berry schools in 1921, Mr. and Mrs. Ford became very interested in the school Martha Berry had begun. In 1925, Clara hall was built and named after Mrs. Clara Ford. To accompany this new structure, in 1928 the Mary halls, a recitation hall, auditorium, weaving room, library, and recreation hall were added: this group of buildings completed the Ford Complex. These buildings were constructed over the course of three years by the Thomas Starrett Company of New York in a million dollar contract. Ford chose his own architects and stonemasons to ensure that this venture would be a beautiful success. However, he did not want to be accredited for these buildings at Berry because he believed that then he would be expected to maintain them throughout his life. These buildings were referred to as the “Martha Berry School for Girls” until Ford’s death in 1947. After his death, the buildings began being called the Ford Complex and is sometimes referred to as the Ford Castle.
Ask for map at Berry Campus check-in gate; free entry; must show drivers license for access to campus.