Monday, April 22, 2013
Chris Cannon, director of communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mobile App Tour to breathe new life into Myrtle Hill Cemetery
ROME, GA. — The Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Ga. is leading the pack in attracting visitors interested in history and heritage. To further the experience for these visitors, the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) and Myrtle Hill / Oak Hill Memorial Association announced today that a new mobile app tour will be available on May 3.
The new tour will feature 65 sites throughout the 1857 cemetery’s 20,000 graves through video, audio, text, and photos. The GPS based map will guide users to the various locations as they progress throughout the tour.
Sites vary from the grave of Ellen Axson Wilson, First Lady and wife of Woodrow Wilson, to the founders and builders of the City of Rome. Sites are featured because of the significance of the individual or the beauty of the grave marker design.
To celebrate the launch of the new mobile app tour, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting a debut event on May 3, 2013 at 4pm. The date is also the 150th Anniversary of the Ride of John Wisdom, so special emphasis will be placed on his story and legend.
The debut event will include Mike McDougald, local historian and chairman of Georgia Public Broadcasting telling the oral history of John Wisdom. Wisdom is known as the “Paul Revere of the South” after riding from Gadsden, Ala. to Rome to save the city from Union invasion.
John Wisdom’s decendants will be present and the original Silver Tea Service that the City of Rome presented to John Wisdom in appreciation will be on display.
Following the debut, visitors will be able to download the mobile app and explore the history and heritage at their own pace.
“We’ve put over 2 years worth of historical research into this application,” said Chris Cannon, GRCVB director of communications. “With this app, the experience is literally the same as having a historian touring you through the cemetery.”
The event is free and open to the public. The debut event will take place at the Sexton’s house in the center of the cemetery. Parking is available at Etowah Terrace by Mercy Housing and golf cart transportation is available to the Sexton’s House.
The app will be available for download on May 3 via the Apple Store or Google Play.
“This app is going to revolutionize the way we market the cemetery,” said Cannon. “Visitors can now have a guided tour 365 days a year instead of just a few opportunities in the fall.”
The application was funded in full by the Myrtle Hill / Oak Hill Memorial Association.
“The purpose of the cemetery association is to provide funds for developing the history that lies throughout Myrtle Hill,” said Anne Culpepper, cemetery historian and president of the association.
For more information on the debut event, contact the Rome – Floyd Visitor Center at 706.295.5576 or www.RomeGeorgia.org.
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic fabric of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.