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Greater Rome CVB Announces Schedule of Civil War Events
Greater Rome CVB Announces Schedule of Civil War Events

ROME, GA -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) has announced the 2011 schedule of events commemorating the American Civil War.

This year begins a five-year period of recognizing Rome's Civil War heritage during the Sesquicentenary of the War Between the States.

Two series have been planned: a Civil War Symposium series and a Spirits of the Civil War tour. Both will continue through 2015.

The symposiums are academic forums where leading historians from Rome and Floyd County will present research relating the region's involvement in the Civil War.

The Spirits of the Civil War tour series is modeled after the format of the GRCVB's popular cemetery and downtown tours. It will bring Civil War history to life through storytelling and reenactments on the actual sites of major military action.

While many of the events will charge admission, some of them are free in order to provide the community with better access to Rome and Floyd County's history. The GRCVB had also produced a printed guide to the Civil War, a CD driving tour available for rent and an online guide through its Web site.

"In an effort to connect the visitor with our Civil War history, we created events and developed tours to attract visitors and educate them on our rich heritage," said Lisa Smith, executive director of the GRCVB.

The 2011 Civil War Commemoration Events include:

* Civil War Symposium: Dan Roper
Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Rome Floyd County Library (205 Riverside Parkway NE, 30161)
Dan Roper, publisher and editor of Georgia Backroads, will present the first symposium. Roper is a respected local author and historian with over 80 published articles on Georgia history and travel. This event is free and open to the public.

* Spirits of the Civil War: Myrtle Hill Cemetery
Saturday, Apr. 9 at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Myrtle Hill Cemetery (90 Myrtle Street, 30162)
Travel through the Civil War history of Georgia's Rome by visiting residents of Myrtle Hill Cemetery wearing period dress and telling stories of their experience during the Civil War in Rome. This tour is a moderate to strenuous walk with steps and slopes involved. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

* Civil War Symposium: Barry Brown
Thursday, Apr. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Rome Floyd County Library
Barry Brown, author of Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia, will present on the Civil War in Georgia. A book signing will follow the talk. This event is free.

* Spirits of the Civil War: Downtown Rome
Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Rome/Floyd Visitor Center (402 Civil Center Drive, 30161)
Step aboard the Toonerville Trolley for a tour of the major Civil War sites throughout historic downtown Rome. A period-dressed guide will explain the significance of Rome's many forts, industrial sites and Civil War medical centers. This event is free, but tickets are required; call 706-295-5576 to reserve a spot.

* Spirits of the Civil War: Jackson Hill & Fort Norton
Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 p.m.
Rome/Floyd Visitor Center
Jackson Hill is one of Rome's richest sites in Civil War history. Learn about the soldiers who served Fort Jackson through reenactments and impassioned stories. This tour is a moderate to strenuous walk with steps and very steep slopes involved. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

* Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails Marker Dedication
Time TBA
Site of Noble Brothers Foundry near South Broad Bridge
Join the dedication of the new sign and informational marker at the site of the Noble Brothers Foundry, one of Rome's most important Civil War sites because the famous cannon factory led to the city's burning. The dedication will also mark the addition of Rome to the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail system.

* Civil War Symposium: Zach Watters
Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Rome Floyd County Library
Zach Watters, a local historian and professor, will present on his research into the Civil War in Northwest Georgia. This event is free.

* Civil War Symposium: The Cochran Family & Margaret Hollingsworth
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Rome Floyd County Library
The Cochran Family will perform Civil War era music and explain its meaning and significance, while Margaret Hollingsworth will present a reading of her ancestor's love letters from the Civil War. This event is free.

For additional information about any of the Civil War-related events, contact the GRCVB at 706-295-5576.