Friday, September 20, 2013
Luke Chaffin, Special Projects Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Noble Brothers Foundry to be commemorated with interpretive marker on Broad Street
ROME, GA. — A dedication ceremony and unveiling for an interpretive sign remembering the Noble Brothers Foundry will be held in downtown Rome on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 1 p.m.
The event will be held at the former location of the factory at the intersection of Broad Street and East First Avenue, adjacent to the present-day site of Southeastern Mills.
The signage was installed as a part of the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, celebrating the contributions of the Noble Brothers Foundry to the Confederate effort during the Civil War. Approximately 70 cannons were made on-site in wartime.
The marker was funded by the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB), as a part of the ongoing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Additional signage will be erected at the base of Jackson Hill near the Rome Civic Center, and dedicated at a later date.
“We are pleased to be able to capture the story of the Noble brothers and their impact on Rome,” said Lisa Smith, executive director of the GRCVB. “Their legacy will now be preserved for locals and visitors alike, who will be able to better understand and appreciate this wonderful historic site.”
A brief history of the foundry and of the Noble family’s relocation to Rome will be recounted as a part of the program. In addition, those present will learn about how the factory operated day to day from the late 1850s until its destruction during the fall of Rome in 1864.
Local architect Robert Noble, direct descendant of the founders, will also speak at the event.
The ceremony will feature a special cannon demonstration, complete with a test shot that will be fired across the Etowah River.
The Noble Brothers Foundry was built around 1855 by James R. Noble, Sr., and manufactured railroad locomotives, as well as mining and milling engines before moving on to war materials like the famed cannons, military buttons, caissons and carriages.
The event is sponsored by the GRCVB and is free and open to the public.
Those attending are strongly encouraged to park in the gravel lot at the intersection of Broad Street and East First Avenue, behind Christie’s Office Supply, or in the SunTrust Bank parking lot. There will be no parking available at Southeastern Mills.
For more information about Civil War Heritage Trails throughout the South, visit www.CivilWarHeritageTrails.org.
For additional information on the program and the Civil War in Rome and Floyd County, visit www.TheCivilWarinRome.org, or call 706.295.5576.
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.