Thursday, October 2, 2014
Shelby Farrer, Sales Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tickets now available for Myrtle Hill Cemetery tours
ROME, GA. — Mingle with residents of Myrtle Hill and discover the stories of how they’ve impacted Georgia’s Rome along with the history of Myrtle Hill. The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) will host the 18th annual Where Romans Rest: Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tours on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Where Romans Rest will have four tours available to the public. Tours will depart at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. from Veterans Plaza which is located at the front of Myrtle Hill Cemetery.
The cemetery dates back to 1857 and is the final resting place for over 20,000 of Rome’s most notable residents including 300 Civil War graves.
This tour allows visitors to learn more about the permanent residents of the cemetery which holds the greatest heroes and heroines of Rome’s past. Spectators will firsthand see and hear their stories and significance to Rome’s development into a modern city.
This year’s tours will highlight one of the cemetery’s most famous departed, First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson. “Ellen”, husband Woodrow and friends will tell the story of Rome’s own first lady, her connection to the community, life as an impressionist artist, role as an activist in Washington, D.C., and her untimely death at age 54.
Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery was recognized by TripAdvisor® earlier this year with a Certificate of Excellence as a top performing tourist destination, reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site. The debut of last year’s free GPS-enabled mobile app tour breathed new life into the cemetery, featuring over 40 sites and stories, and is available at www.MyrtleHill.mobi.
Admission to the tour is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The tours involve steep steps and slopes, and may be a strenuous walk for some attendees. Guests are invited to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Tickets will be not be sold onsite at the event, and all guests wishing to participate must purchase tickets in advance at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center located at 402 Civic Center Drive. Call 706.295.5576 or visit www.RomeGeorgia.org for more information.
A full listing of October events in Georgia’s Rome can be viewed online at www.RomeEvents.org.
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.