First, I am not doing a recommendation to visit a cemetery because I this is being published on Halloween and the day before the Day of the Dead. This is purely accidental. I was doing a photo shoot for a client’s project in my hometown of Rome, Georgia at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. As I was entering the cemetery, I noticed a sign that promoted a mobile app tour. I didn’t have time to take the tour because we were on a tight schedule but I was fascinated. When I was a reporter I had been on a couple of tours and did a photo shoot up there once for a story. I heard all of the stories about the ghosts that possible roam the cemetery but I have forgotten most of them. My family does love history and the cemetery is a great way to learn more about the area’s famous residents and walk off a few pounds, too. And it’s absolutely free–which of course we like!
Here are some highlights:
- You can learn more about the famous people buried there including former First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson, Martha Berry, the founder of Berry College and Alfred Shorter, the founder of Shorter University.
- You will see some fantastic sculptures.
- Have you heard the story of John Wisdom? You can learn more about the man named “Georgia’s Paul Revere.”
- Explore the area’s military history and be sure to visit Veterans Plaza. The cemetery is also the final resting place of many Civil War soldiers, including some without names.
- Bonus—the cemetery gives you great views of Rome.
Obviously, I have not covered all of the interesting things you can discover at Myrtle Hill but that’s because you need to go see it yourself! If you want a guided tour, check with the Greater Rome Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. They offer a variety of tours throughout the year and there is usually a cost.
We would love to hear your stories about Rome’s Myrtle Hill!