Thursday, October 10, 2013
Luke Chaffin, Special Projects Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tickets now available for annual haunted Rome tours
ROME, GA. — Mingle with residents of Myrtle Hill and discover the dim, ghostly secrets of Jackson Hill during two different tours this month. The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau will host its annual Where Romans Rest: Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tours and Haunted Off Broad on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Where Romans Rest: Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tours allow visitors to learn more about the permanent residents of the cemetery, which holds the greatest heroes and heroines of Rome’s past. Spectators will firsthand see and hear their stories and significance to Rome’s development into a modern city. Tours depart at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. from Veterans Plaza at the front of the cemetery. The cemetery dates back to 1857 and is the final resting place for over 20,000 of Rome’s most notable residents including 400 Civil War graves.
Haunted Off Broad guides visitors to experience another side of Rome, discovering the history and lore of ghosts as told by the Seven Hills Tellers. The 2013 tours will focus on the historic Jackson Hill area, including Fort Norton, the Labyrinth and more. Tours begin at 7 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:20 p.m. and 8:40 p.m., and start at the parking lot of the Rome Civic Center at 400 Civic Center Drive.
Admission to either tour is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Both tours are a moderate to strenuous walk with steep steps and slopes involved. Stories are not intended for young children.
No tickets will be sold on-site for either event, and all guests wishing to participate must purchase tickets in advance at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center located at 402 Civic Center Drive. Call 706.295.5576 or visit www.RomeGeorgia.org for more information.
A full listing of October events in Georgia’s Rome can be viewed online at www.RomeEvents.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.