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    fort norton

    by doug48 Updated Sep 12, 2012

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    site of fort norton

    in may 1863 union troops under the command of colonel abel streight were ordered to take rome. general nathan bedford forrest CSA defeated streight near cedar bluff alabama and saved the rome from union attack. after the battle a string of defensive forts were ordered built by general braxton bragg to defend the city. one of these fortifications was fort norton near the modern day rome visitor center. despite the construction of these forts rome was captured by union general jefferson c. davis in may 1864.

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    confederate civil war memorial

    by doug48 Updated Sep 9, 2012
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    rome's confederate civil war memorial is located near the confederate section of myrtle hill cemetery. this memorial is a standing soldier motif which is common in the south. image two is myrtle hill cemetery confederate section.

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    myrtle hill cemetery

    by doug48 Written Sep 7, 2012
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    myrtle hill cemetery is located at the confluence of the etowah and oostanauca rivers just south of downtown rome. myrtle hill cemetery is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the united states. during the civil war confederate fort stoval was built on the crest of myrtle hill. in the attached picture to the left is the top of dr. battery's vault, in the center in the distance is the rome clock tower, and bottom right is the etowah bridge. when in rome it is worth the drive to the top of myrtle hill for a beautiful view of the city.

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    rome visitor center

    by doug48 Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    rome visitor center

    the visitor center is a good first stop on a visit to rome. at the visitor center you can get information on hotels, restaurants, and the attractions of rome. the visitor center is located on US 27 just north of downtown. the visitor center also has a number of historical displays and buildings from the 19 th century.

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    rome history museum

    by doug48 Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    rome history museum

    the rome history museum has exhibits on local history and culture of the rome and the floyd county area. the museum has an interesting collection of civil war relics, maps, and period photographs. a great place to learn about the history of rome.

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    carnegie library

    by doug48 Updated Jul 14, 2009

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    located next to city hall on broad street is the rome carnegie library. the steel magnate andrew carnegie funded the construction of 2,811 libraries in the united states and europe. the carnegie library is not open to the public but this beautiful greek revival building is worth a look when in downtown rome.

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    old floyd county courthouse

    by doug48 Written Jul 6, 2009

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    old floyd county courthouse

    the old floyd county courthouse was built in 1892 in the romanesque revival style. the courthouse was designed by architects alexander bruce and thomas morgan. for those interested in architecture the old floyd county courthouse is worth a look when in downtown rome.

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    city hall

    by doug48 Written Jul 5, 2009

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    city hall & auditorium

    the rome city hall and auditorium was built in 1916. the auditorium is home to the rome symphony which is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the southeast. the city auditorium also hosts dramatic, dance, and musical productions.

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    masonic temple

    by doug48 Written Jul 5, 2009

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    masonic temple

    the rome downtown historic district has scores of historic and architectually significant buildings and homes. because rome was burned by general davis' troops most of the buildings in rome are post civil war. pictured is the 1877 rome masonic temple. the original temple was burned by davis' troops in may 1864 but after the civil war many union masons donated money for the temple's reconstruction. this beautiful greek revival building is a rome landmark.

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    romulus & remus statue

    by doug48 Written Jul 5, 2009

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    the romulus & remus statue is the symbol of both ancient rome and rome georgia. this bronze replica of the original statue from the pallazio del conservatori was presented to the city of rome by benito mussolini in 1929. because of anti-italian sentiment during WWII the statue was removed between 1940 and 1953.

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    rome clock tower

    by doug48 Written Jul 5, 2009

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    rome clock tower

    the rome clock tower is located on neely hill and dominates the skyline of downtown rome. the tower was built in 1871 by james noble jr. for use as a water tower. in 1872 a clock was added to the water tower. the rome clock tower is open to the public on weekends and you can go to the top for an excellent view of the city.

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    'Between the Rivers' Historical District

    by TexasDave Written Nov 3, 2008

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    Surrounded by the Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa Rivers, Between the Rivers is the site of Rome's founding in 1834. First a thriving river trade and later the railroads helped turn Rome into a regional hub for commerce from Calhoun, Georgia to Gadsden, Alabama. This prosperous period ended during the Civil War when General Sherman's troops burned most of the city on their march to Atlanta. The city's downtown area was rebuilt and most of the buildings in the area are from the late 1800's to early 1900's. On the sides of several you can still see faded advertisements painted during that time period. Unlike many smaller cities, Rome's downtown is thriving. There are a variety of antique stores, restaurants, and other boutique-style shops.

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    Capitoline Wolf Monument

    by TexasDave Written Nov 3, 2008

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    In 1928, the American Cotillion Company decided to build a rayon plant in Rome as a joint-effort with the Italian Chatillon Corporation, and Italian premier Benito Mussolini sent a block of marble from the ancient Roman Forum inscribed with "From Old Rome to New Rome" to be used as the cornerstone of the new rayon plant. This factory opened in April 1929, and shortly thereafter Mussolini gave Rome a bronze replica of the original Romulus and Remus sculpture of the founders of ancient Rome. The statue was placed in front of City Hall on a base of white marble from Tate, Georgia, with a brass plaque inscribed:

    "This statue of the Capitoline Wolf, as a forecast of prosperity and glory, has been sent from Ancient Rome to New Rome during the consulship of Benito Mussolini in the year 1929."

    The statue's first years in Georgia's Rome were not without controversy. While most people appreciated the statue and considered it a work of art, many others were offended by it and felt it was shocking and not something to be viewed by ladies and children. Often, when important events were scheduled in the City Auditorium, the twins were diapered and the wolf was draped.

    In 1940, anti-Italian sentiments due to World War II became so strong that the Rome city commission moved the statue into storage to prevent vandalism and replaced it with an American flag. In 1952, the statue was restored to its former location in front of City Hall.

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    Rome's Trademark Clocktower

    by TexasDave Written Nov 3, 2008

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    Built on the highest hill in town (appropriately named Clocktower Hill) originally to hold a water reservoir in 1871. The clock was added in 1872. It is the official symbol of the city. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can be seen from practically anywhere in the city.

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    John's Mountain and the Pocket Recreation Area

    by deaglos Written Jan 4, 2008

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    Just north east of Rome is the John's Mountain - Pocket recreation area.
    It offers great hikes and spectacular waterfalls in the back woods areas, as well as a small trout stream for those who want to catch a good meal. This area is full of old civil war history also, and I have stumbled upon a history and archealogy student in the area more then once.

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