Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association
Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association is dedicated to improving and maintaining historic places of rest and places of historic importance in Georgia’s Rome since 1998. The volunteer-based non-profit organization works closely with governmental agencies and other non-profit groups to support planning, implementation and preservation efforts.
Current Project – As Time Goes By Garden
The Myrtle Hill – Oak Hill Memorial Association is launching a new project to create a garden on Neely Hill beside the Rome Clocktower.
Landscape artist, John Schulz, has designed a new garden titled, As Time Goes By. “As the clock chimes to announce the time of day, the garden will follow time through the seasons, announcing the shifts with changing flowers and foliage,” said Shulz. “The garden and the clock will work together to present a ‘Fourth Dimension’”
The area for the garden is located on the east and south upper borders of the hill facing East Third Street. The total garden will span about 170 feet. Paths will lead visitors into and through the garden that will feature flowering blooms every day of the year once the garden grows in.
The garden will be dedicated in honor of historian, Anne Culpepper, and the time she has spent sharing her love of Rome’s history. Ann started volunteering for the tourism office in 1992 where she served daily. Her volunteer work has included organizing and leading field trips for local schools at Myrtle Hill Cemetery; leading step-on-tours for the Between the Rivers Historic District and is a charter member of the Myrtle Hill/Oak Hill Memorial Association. Anne retired from her official tourism volunteer duties in 2017, but is still engaged in the local community.
Myrtle Hill/Oak Hill Memorial Association (MHOMA) has a goal to raise $10,000 for the garden to be dedicated in Spring of 2019. MHOMA is accepting donations and seeks support to help reach their goal.
Donations are accepted in all amounts. Mailed or in-person check donations will be accepted at the Last Stop Gift Shop located at:
402 Civic Center Drive, Rome, GA 30161
Checks should be made payable to MHOHMA
Completed Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association Projects
Myrtle Hill Fundraising
Lead fundraising efforts to restore the sentinel monument atop Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery, which has stood as the centerpiece of the cemetery since 1887.
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 added 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: MHOHMA
Mail or deliver payments to: 402 Civic Center Drive, Rome, GA 30161
Myrtle Hill/Oak Hill Memorial Association is a non-profit 501 C (3) organization.