Rome Travel Guide

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    top of myrtle hill
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    confederate cemetery
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    confederate civil war memorial
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Rome Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • first united methodist church

    the rome first united methodist church is one of a number of architectually significant buildings in downtown rome.

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  • confederate civil war memorial

    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

    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....

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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

    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

    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

    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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  • st. peter's episcopal church

    st. peter's episcopal church was founded in 1844. the gothic chapel that you see today was built in 1898. st. peter's is one of several beautiful churches in downtown rome.

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  • city hall

    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

    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...

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  • romulus & remus statue

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Capitoline Wolf Monument

    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...

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  • Carnegie Library Building

    One of the thirty original libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in Georgia. Built in 1911, this building has been restored to a viable community use, as city and county offices.

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  • Rome's Trademark Clocktower

    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...

    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...

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Rome Restaurants

  • Not very good

    I have always loved Red Lobster, when I lived and worked in Zion National park I used to go every 2 weeks. In recent years I am lucky if can afford (married with kids now) or even have time to go.So for mothers day I grabed wife, my mother, and kids and went.We got there at 5pmish got seated by 5:15ish not bad there on mothers day.Got our waitress...

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  • Dont miss all the great food.

    The restaurant is not what most would consider a prime location, but as the food is some of the best in Rome it is always busy. The Chef tell's us he is from New York, and his food is some of the best I have had since I left Nevada.Was iffy about going the first time as I am real picky about my food, but now I will go all the time. The whole menu...

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    by doug48 Updated Jul 5, 2009

    the major ridge home is now the chieftains museum. major ridge (1771-1839) was a plantation owner and was part cherokee and part scottish. ridge was named a major when he fought with general andrew jackson in the creek wars. in 1835 he signed the treaty of new echota which traded cherokee tribal lands east of the mississippi for land in oklahoma. this treaty led to the imfamous "trail of tears". because of the hardships of the cherokee removal to oklahoma ridge and his son were assassinated by fellow cherokees in 1839. the chieftains museum is a very interesting place to learn about cherokee history and the "trail of tears".
    the chieftians museum is located northeast of rome at 501 riverside parkway n.e. to get to riverside parkway take US 27 north from downtown and look for the signs.

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    by TravelCool Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit St. Mary's. I was baptized there. It still stands, I think.

    Fondest memory: I played with puppies last time. That was fun. It might have been even more fun if I hadn't nearly toppled over in my wheelchair! I think my mother grabbed one of the handles. It scared both of us, but everything turned out okay.

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