What to See around Rome:

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Rome Visitors Center: Provides a warm welcome and lots of information on what to see and do in Rome. Located on one of Rome's seven hills, the Visitors Center is housed in a 1901 train depot with an attached caboose. Mon - Fri. 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sat., 10:00am - 3:00pm. Closed major holidays. (706) 295-5576, 800 444-1834.    

 

When in Rome, drop by the Visitors Center where you can receive detailed brochures, maps, Visitors buttons and an audio cassette tape for a walking/driving tour. Promotional materials and assistance is also available for convention/meeting planning,  as well as complete group tour services.  

 

Noble Machine Shop Lathe:  Built in 1847, this massive piece of machinery survived the destructive hands of Union troops who burned the Noble Iron Works in November, 1864. The lathe was used to make steamboat engines, furnaces, locomotives and Confederate cannons. Adjacent is a Corliss steam engine typical of the type used to operate the lathe. The lathe was powered by electricity and used by Brewer and Taylor Foundry and Machine Shop, prior to it's retirement in the 1980's.

Boswell Cabin:  Typical home built by pioneer families who settled on small farms in Floyd County between 1830 - 1850.  Corey Nickles visiting the Boswell Cabin.

Cotton Gin:  The actual age of this cotton gin is unknown, But the fact that it sat on a wooden stand makes it very old.  It never ginned cotton picked by a mechanized picker until 1963, and at that time, it was the oldest cotton gin still in use in Floyd County.

Corliss Steam Engine:  The Corliss Steam Engine served Rome's Southern Cooperative Foundry for 69 years from 1902-0971.  Purchased from The Schofield Company in Macon, Georgia, the Corliss has a single slow turning, ten foot drive wheel, which was driven by 60 lbs. of boiler pressure steam.  The "to and fro" motion of the piston was turned into a rotary motion; which then supplied power to move conveyor belts and other equipment in the plant.  James Watt of Scotland was the first to use steam on each side of the piston, thus creating an engine that would give a steady flow of power at a reasonable cost.  This achievement brought about the "Industrial Revolution".  The Southern Cooperative Foundry was one of many in Rome that produced stoves, heaters, ranges and grates.  Thus Rome was dubbed the "Stove Center of The South".

Fort Norton/Jackson:  Earthern fortifications located atop one of Rome's seven hills.  These trenches of Jackson Hill were part of a system of "earthworks" a Civil War development that helped revolutionized the science of war. All of the above are located on Jackson Hill adjacent to the Visitors Bureau.


Come cruise the Oostanaula, Etowah, and Coosa Rivers aboard the Roman Holiday:

Local Communities: in Floyd County.

Chieftains Museum:  This National Landmark, built in 1794, is the original home of prominent Cherokee Leader, Major Ridge.  Artifacts discovered on the grounds behind the house, as well as other materials relating to the removal of the Cherokee from the Georgia area are on display. Visiting hours are Tuesday - Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm, Saturdays 10:00am - 4:00pm. Closed Sunday and Monday and major holidays.

Rome City Hall & Capitoline Wolf:  Rome's municipal offices and the City Auditorium, where events such a performances by the Rome Symphony Orchestra are held, are located at this site.  Outside City Hall is the Capitoline Wolf Statue with Romulus and Remus.  This replica of the original Etruscan art was a gift to Georgia's Rome from ancient Rome in 1929.

Between The Rivers Historic District:  (Slide Show) Turn of the century homes, some Rome's oldest churches, delightful shops and restaurants are to be found here. Broad Street, the second widest in  Georgia, is an award-winning Streetscape Program.  Walk tour brochures are at the Visitors Center.

The City Clock Tower:  The four-faced clock and tower are located on Tower Hill in downtown Rome.  The tower was constructed in 1871 to hold the city's water supply.  The clock was added in 1872.  It is the official symbol of the city and sits atop one of Rome's seven hills. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Clock Tower Museum:  Murals and artifacts from Rome's history, the restored original clockworks, a spiral staircase comprised of 107 steps and an observation deck for a panoramic view of historic Rome are some of the many features of this unique attraction.  April - November, Sat., 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sun., 1:00pm - 5:00pm and by special appointment.

Myrtle Hill Cemetery:  Located atop one of Rome's seven hills in downtown Rome. Myrtle Hill Cemetery is unusual for it's excellent scenic view of the city and it's picturesque markers and monuments.  The cemetery is the final resting place of the first Mrs. Woodrow Wilson (the 28th President), the "Known Soldier" from World War 1 and 377 soldiers who died in Civil War battles around Rome.

The Martha Berry Museum & Art Gallery:  This magnificent example of Greek Revival architecture houses a remarkable collection of art, as well as exhibits of memorabilia dealing with Martha Berry's life and work in founding the Berry Schools.  A 28 minute film tells the story of this "Miracle In The Mountains".  Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm.  Closed major holidays.  706 291-1883.

Oak Hill:  This Classic Southern Plantation was the Berry family home.  Built in 1847, it remains today.

Berry College:  Private liberal arts co-educational college founded in 1902 by Martha Berry, as a school.

Marshall Forest:  Georgia's first natural National Landmark, this 250 acre preserve is a protected virgin forest, containing a Braille trail and wildflower trails.  The forest is managed by the Georgia Office of the Natural Conservancy and by the Friends of Marshall Forest.  Visit by appointment only.  706 291-2121 ext 50.

Shorter College: A private, four-year co-educational, liberal college chartered in 1873.  The 150 acre campus is on a wooded hilltop adjacent top the Marshall Forest.  706 291-2121.

Oakdene Historic District:  An intact early suburban residential neighborhood that documents architectural styles and landscaping practices typical of many late nineteenth and early twentieth century communities in Georgia.

Forum:  Located in the heart of downtown on the Oostanula River, this civic center schedules concerts, conventions, meetings, sporting events and private functions.  706 291-5281.

Rotary Memorial Wall:  Dedicated to all Veterans or Rome and Floyd County who lost their lives during World War I, WW II, Korean War, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. Located on the banks of the Ostanaula River between The Forum and Floyd County Administrative Building and Court House. A glowing tribute to Floyd County's many outstanding veterans, who served their country, with honor.

Floyd College:  A two-year, liberal arts, co-educational college, which is a unit of the University of Georgia.  Founded in 1970, the campus is located on 266 acres with a 66 acre lake.  706 802-5000.

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 us, as offices.

Sara Hightower Regional Library:  Built in 1988, this 75,000 sq. ft. structure is located on  7 1/2 acres of gardens and grounds, and houses over 250,000 books, special collections and audiovisual resources.  Mon.. - Thurs. 9:00am - 9:00pm, Fri., 9:00am - 6:00pm, Sat., 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sun., 1:30pm - 5:30pm.  706 236-4600.

Rome Area History Museum: A walk through history with the cultures which came together to create the area , as it is today.  Tues. - Sun. 10:00am - 5:00pm.

Lock & Dam Park: Camping, fishing, fishing bait, playground, picnic area and group outings.

Rocky Mountain Recreational Area:  Lake, picnic area and camping.

Home-on-the-Hill:  (Alhambra) Built in the early 1830's the historic antebellum residence has housed each of Darlington's five presidents.

Zion Farms:  Zion Farm is a family owned and operated estate open to all visitors.  Zion includes 340 acres of green pastures, private paddocks, winding mountain trails, ponds, secluded picnic areas, gardens, a palatial stable, unique equestrian gift shop, conference room, club room, guest cottage, show arenas, cross country course, and even more!

Camping:    Lock and Dam Camping  & RV Sites, Swan Lake RV Sites

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