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Have a Civil War Story to Share?

Have a Civil War Story to Share?

ROME, GA -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) has partnered with the Rome/Floyd County Library to record an oral history of the Civil War throughout the county.

Spoken and written stories will be collected and shared through the tourism office's Civil War heritage Web site and at events throughout the War's anniversary.

Stories should relate to Rome and/or Floyd County in some way. They may reflect an ancestor's involvement in a battle, military action in the county, or life during and after the Civil War.

Oral stories should be no longer than seven minutes and recorded on video; citizens can make a recording at the library on Thursday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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.

Civil War Symposium Series to Debut this Month

Civil War Symposium Series to Debut this Month

ROME, GA -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has partnered with the Rome Floyd County Library to present a Civil War Symposium Series throughout 2011.

The series celebrates Civil War heritage during its sesquicentennial anniversary. Historians will present their research of the effect of the War Between the States on Rome and Floyd County.

Dan Roper, editor and publisher of Georgia Backroads, will present the first symposium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 in the Coosa Room of the Rome Floyd County Library (3 Government Plaza, 30161).

NAIA Spirit Spreads Through Rome

ROME, GA -- The spirit of the NAIA Football National Championship game will be spread throughout historic downtown Rome in the month of December, thanks to two new contests.

The City of Rome, Downtown Development Authority, the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau and the NAIA Host Committee have created spirit competitions to enhance the appearance of downtown Rome and welcome visitors.

The first competition is designed for active businesses in downtown Rome. Establishments are encouraged to share their best NAIA spirit by decorating their windows with welcoming messages to the two teams competiting in the championship, which will be determined on Saturday, Dec.

Berry College Students Beautify Silver Comet Trail

ROME, GA -- A group of Berry College students recently participated in the nationwide "Make a Difference Day" and proved to be great examples to all volunteers.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the students headed to Polk County and spent the morning cleaning up the Silver Comet Trail. Working together, they helped remove 72 tires from the Van Wert Trailhead.

Part of Berry's mission is to "challenge students to devote their learning to community and civic betterment," and the majority of students spend multiple hours per semester serving and investing in their community.

For more information about Berry's volunteer services, contact them either via email or at 706-238-5848.

John Wisdom Wagon Train Returns This Weekend

ROME, GA -- The John Wisdom Wagon Train & Trail Ride will return to Rome this weekend for the 31st year.

The ride commemorates the heroic ride of mail carrier John Wisdom. In 1863, he rode 11 hours on horseback from Gadsden to warn Rome of an impending attack during the Civil War. Because of his action, Rome was saved from early destruction.

The Wagon Train & Trail Ride will depart Ridge Ferry Park (282 Riverside Parkway, Rome, 30161) on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m. The train of horses and wagons will travel to Shannon, Georgia. Tickets are $10, and Coggins papers must be shown in order to participate. (What are Coggins papers?)

The Wagon Train & Trail Ride returns to Rome at 5:00 p.m. for a Grand Parade down Broad Street.

The day's celebration concludes with a Cowboy Dance at Ridge Ferry Park at 8:00 p.m. The band Running Wild will perform.

Partnership Renovates Rome Amphitheater into Labyrinth

ROME, GA -- A public works project from the 1930s is getting a facelift as part of a public/private partnership.

The rock amphitheater on Jackson Hill is being renovated into a labyrinth by Ed Baker and the City of Rome. The labyrinth will consist of a winding brick path through many levels of the original stone amphitheater.

While Baker has only been a Roman for six years, his love for the community inspired him to bring the project to life.

"A year and a half ago, I got interested in labyrinths and their healing power. At the time, the closest one was in Marietta, so I wanted to bring one here," he said.

The amphitheater was chosen as a location because of its central location on Jackson Hill, and because the groundwork infrastructure was already in place.

Baker credits the City of Rome and the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau for helping to jump start the project.