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.
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.
The Columns was built in 1910 for affluent businessman and then Mayor of Rome, T.W. Lipscomb.
3.) 302 East Fourth Ave.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
A Victorian cottage featuring gingerbread architecture inside and outside. Before the house was built, General Sherman’s horses grazed on the lawn.