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Gorgeous Photos of Rome’s Historic Homes Part-1

Posted May 24, 2016 by Nic Diaz in Lists, Uncategorized

Rome has a myriad of historical homes in the heart of the city. Here we will show you the first in a three-part series showcasing the homes of Roman history.

1.) Rose Hill – 312 East Fourth Ave. 

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The original house on this lot was occupied by General Sherman himself, but was burned down when he left. This house was designed after the Gordon-Lee Mansion in Chickamauga, Ga.

2.) The Columns of Rome – 206 East Fourth Ave.

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The Columns was built in 1910 for affluent businessman and then Mayor of Rome, T.W. Lipscomb.

3.) 302 East Fourth Ave.

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Built in 1872 by a prominent merchant whose wife later died in childbirth. A fire damaged the house and after workers removed a mirror above the fireplace, there remained an untouched silhouette of a mother holding two small children. A brick slave house was originally located on this plot and this home was built over it.

4.) House of Dreams – Berry College

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The House of Dreams sits atop the mountain at Berry College and was built by past students as a gift to the founder, Martha Berry. If ever she needed to get away from the world she would just hike to her second home where she could have an amazing view of the campus and enjoy peace undisturbed.

5.) Von Gammon Home – 420 East Third Avenue

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The home of the “Woman who saved football.” Mrs. Gammon petitioned the governor to veto a bill outlawing the sport after her son, Von, died of injuries during the Georgia-Virginia game on Oct. 31, 1897.

6.) 304 East Fourth Ave. 

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One of the few Greek revival structures in downtown Rome. This house was once the home of Reverend Samuel Axson. His daughter, Ellen Louise Axson, became the wife of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States.

7.) Twin Gables – 418 East Third Ave.

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Once the home of Dr. Henry Halsey Battey, son of the famous surgeon Dr. Robert Battey, the Victorian gingerbread has been restored to its original state.

8.) 319 East Fourth Ave. 

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A Victorian cottage featuring gingerbread architecture inside and outside. Before the house was built, General Sherman’s horses grazed on the lawn.

Gorgeous Photos of Rome’s Historic Homes Part-2

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20 Comments

  1. Beth Bradford, May 29, 2016:

    Picture 5 is 414 E 3rd Ave. It was finished in 1904 and was built on a double lot by Mr. Charles Simmons. The Von Gammon house is located at 420 E 3rd ave. My family is the fourth family to live at 414 E.3rd Avenue.


  2. Nic Diaz, May 31, 2016:

    Thanks for pointing that out. The post has been updated with the correct photo.


  3. Judy Hennes, May 29, 2016:

    I grew up there…my daddy who was in the Army brought us here…my beautiful mama servived the bombing of Tokyo…but she loved being an American after getting her citizenship..anyway, daddy wanted us to grow up here so we did…love my home town..came here as a 4 or 5 year old but my friends tell me I still have my southern accent after all these years..have family still living there…brother’s name is Tom Clark…thank you for sharing these pictures of my beautiful home town…have a great day…keep up the great work..


  4. Tracey Garmon, May 30, 2016:

    I really enjoyed the article. Rome has so many hidden gems.


  5. Elaine McLeod Ricks, May 30, 2016:

    This makes me miss my hometown even more.


  6. Merritt Croland, May 30, 2016:

    I believe there is an error in the article regarding the second home. I believe Sherman occupied a home on the next block of fourth Ave where the Brock’s lived not the property of the columns. Perhaps I am mistaken. I would like to learn whatever Rome historians know about this.


  7. Nic Diaz, May 31, 2016:

    Sherman actually stayed in the first home, which is Rose Hill. The Columns was inhabited by Mayor Lipscomb.


  8. Christie Hufstedler Boyd, May 31, 2016:

    Love these photos. I would love to see the insides! I would love to see a tour of homes featuring three or four every year!


  9. Lisa edwards, June 1, 2016:

    I love the pictures. Please do more. All of the homes on the hill. The oldest home is on east 3rd ave


  10. Winfield Myers, June 2, 2016:

    Thank you very much for posting this updated version of your source, which is this older website/brochure that is now without photographs: http://romegeorgia.com/historicdistrict.html

    It makes the same error you did regarding 420 and 414 E. 3rd Ave. There are other errors in this older version, some caused by the passage of time since its publication. E.g., our house at 203 E. 4th Ave. has had an enclosed side porch for probably 60 years (not the wraparound it notes), was built in 1876, not 1885 as stated, and has by now had many more than three owners as the brochure states. The Lipscomb house (the Columns) was built in 1910 on what was once the front yard of an older Italianate Victorian home on the lot behind it now occupied by the small brick apartment building. I don’t know whether the older home, which had a nice tower, burned or was torn down.

    Thanks again and all the best.


  11. Nic Diaz, June 2, 2016:

    Thanks for your input! We have corrected the error regarding 420 and 414 E. 3rd Ave. We are pulling some information from that old brochure and are going to be updating it soon with color photos and a better format. I have taken your notes down so that we have correct info on your house. As for the information about the Columns, we appreciate the extra information.

    Also, I should clarify that your comments were never deleted, it’s just that comments aren’t shown until they are approved on the article.


  12. Richard Haynes, June 16, 2016:

    Really loved seeing these beautiful homes. As a young lad just after WWII I delivered the Atlanta Journal to
    many of the homes on East Third and Fourth Avenues. I must say, they certainly look better today!

    I am a Rome native who left just after college graduation (1956).


  13. Violet Swain, June 30, 2016:

    Thank you for your post. I moved from Rome in 1967 but your posts bring back a homesickness I thought I was over. I really enjoy seeing pictures of Rome.


  14. Ina Black, July 1, 2016:

    Do you go outside of Rome to feature historic homes. I have one in Cave Spring, Ga built in early 1800s


  15. Nic Diaz, July 1, 2016:

    Currently, we are only featuring homes in the Between the Rivers District. Though we may expand in the future to other areas in Floyd County.


  16. West Gresham, July 31, 2016:

    I love these photos and the brief history on them. Makes me want to learn more


  17. Charles and Lee Hight, February 18, 2017:

    Your comments concerning the home we call the Hight Home and you call Rose Hill, are not totally correct. Mr. Gordon Hight built the home for his wife. It is a copy of the Gordon-Lee Manison in Chickamauga. Sherman was there but he did not burn this house down. Sherman was pictured on the property in front of the original home that sat there. That house might have been burned down. When Mr. Hight died, the instructions in his will said to sell the house. Crawford Brock bought the house at that time, in 1959/60.


  18. Amanda Carter, October 17, 2017:

    Really cool, Nic! Great job!


  19. Faye vann, November 9, 2017:

    I would be very interested in a tour of homes. Is there one for Christmas 2017


  20. Nic Diaz, November 9, 2017:

    Unfortunately we are not aware of any tours for homes going on. These tours are coordinated by the Between the Rivers Association. Another way you can see these homes, is being a part of the Shakespeare Progressive Dinner on Feb. 10, 2017; https://goo.gl/jUbcmD


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