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John Wisdom Wagon Train returns to Rome this month

Posted October 2, 2013 by Kristi Kent in News

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

GRCVB Contact:
Luke Chaffin, Special Projects Coordinator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: John Wisdom Wagon Train returns to Rome this month

John Wisdom Wagon Train horses low-res

Participants of a past wagon train event begin their journey to Shannon from the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.


The John Wisdom Wagon Train & Trail Ride will return to Rome this month to celebrate the legacy of the Civil War hero for the 34th year.

The trail ride begins at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 19 at 8:30 a.m. The train of horses and wagons will travel to Shannon, Ga. on a 23-mile ride. Tickets are $10 and available at entry. Admission for children 5 years old and under is free. Coggins papers must be shown in order to participate.

A barbecue chicken lunch prepared by the Shannon Mason Lodge will be available on Saturday for $6.

The day’s celebration concludes with a cowboy dance featuring the Backwater Band at 7:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Mather Payne Hall. Admission to the dance is $5.

Camping is permitted at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on both Friday and Saturday nights and is included in the cost of the Saturday trail ride admission. Gates open for camping at the fairgrounds at noon on Friday and close at noon on Sunday.

There will be no road closures for the event this year. An official route for the wagon train will be announced the week of the event.

An account of the story of John Wisdom and a dramatic reenactment can be found at

Admission tickets and commemorative buttons are available exclusively at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center located at 402 Civic Center Drive. For more information, contact 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.

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Our Georgia's Rome tourism team works hard to curate content to help you discover and explore our beautiful town! We want to ensure our content is up-to-date and accurate; so please let us know if we ever overlook an important detail! This post was originally written by Kristi Kent and is updated by staff.

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