Myrtle Hill Preservation
A subsidiary of The Rome Area Heritage Foundation, Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association is dedicated to improving and maintaining the historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery.
Sentinel Monument Restoration
Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association will lead fundraising efforts to restore the sentinel monument atop Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery; which has stood as the centerpiece of the cemetery since 1887.
How to give:
In-person donations can be made at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center located at 402 Civic Center Drive across from Applebee’s. Make checks payable to Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association or MHOHMA.
The Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association is spearheading the fundraising efforts with a $2,500 pledge. The goal is to raise the amount of funds needed to restore the monument or replace the monument if necessary.
Sammy Rich, Rome City Manager, praises community support. “We are pleased the Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association is leading the effort to protect and preserve this historic monument in one of the city’s most visited tourist destinations. It’s unfortunate that an act of vandalism created this situation for us to deal with, but the Rome community is fortunate to have good Samaritans like the Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association step up to help us repair the monument.”
Lisa Smith, Executive Director for the Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism said, “It is important to have places of historical significance; it not only helps us share our story, but we can learn and grow from it as well.”
All who are interested in the preservation efforts are encouraged to donate.
Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association is a subsidiary of The Rome Area Heritage Foundation, dedicated to improving and maintaining the historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The Rome Area Heritage Foundation was established in 1973 to help identify and preserve historic sites and artifacts in the Rome-Floyd County area. The volunteer-based non-profit organization remains closely affiliated with governmental agencies and other non-profit groups involved with the planning, implementation and preservation of local heritage and resources.
Completed Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association Projects
Known Soldier Memorial Site at Veteran’s Plaza at Myrtle Hill Cemetery
The centerpiece of this Plaza is the tomb of America’s Known Soldier, Charles Graves, which is guarded by three 1904 water-cooled automatic machine guns. A bronze replica of a World War I “Doughboy” also enhances this inspiring site. More than 3,000 engraved bricks honor and memorialize military veterans and civilians for their service to this country in war or peace throughout all of American history.
Vonn and Rosalind Gammon Memorial
A plaque was placed at the corner of Broad Street and 4th Avenue in memory of Vonn and Rosalind Gammon. Vonn played football for the University of Georgia. On October 30, 1897, Gammon suffered a severe head injury and died the next day. The Georgia Legislature was called into session and passed a bill that would put an end to the game. Gammon’s mother, Rosalind, sent an impassioned letter to Governor Atkinson asking that he veto the bill. The bill was vetoed and Mrs. Gammon became known as “the Woman Who Saved Football in Georgia.”
Winecoff Memorial Site
In honor of the Sesquicentennial of the establishment of Myrtle Hill Cemetery, a memorial was addeded to the Streetscape of Broad Street, a tribute to honor four Romans who died in the Atlanta Winecoff Hotel fire on December 7, 1946. The memorial is located at the corner of Broad Street and 6th Avenue.
Gifts can be made payable to: MH/OH M.A.
Mail or deliver payments and order form to: 402 Civic Center Drive, Rome, GA 30161
MH/OH M.A, is a subsidiary of the Rome Area Heritage Foundation, a 501 C (3) organization.