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Tickets still available for annual John Wisdom Wagon Train and Trail Ride

Posted October 13, 2014 by Kristi Kent in News, Uncategorized

Monday, October 13, 2014

GRCVB Contact:
Shelby Farrer, Sales Coordinator


Tickets still available for annual John Wisdom Wagon Train and Trail Ride

ROME, GA. — The John Wisdom Wagon Train & Trail Ride will return to Rome this weekend for its 35th year, celebrating the life and legacy of the Civil War hero.

The trail ride begins at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m. The train of horses and wagons will travel round-trip to Shannon, Ga. on a 23-mile ride. Tickets are $10 and available at entry. Admission for children 12 years old and under is $5. A collector button is proof of paid admission, and it must be worn at all times of the event.

A barbecue chicken lunch will be provided by Shannon Mason Lodge for an additional $7 per person.

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

Camping is permitted at the fairgrounds on both Friday and Saturday night and is included in the cost of the Saturday trail ride admission.

Citizens in Floyd County should be aware of the route of the wagon train. While no roads will be closed during the round trip to Shannon, drivers should be cautious of the riders, animals, and pedestrians on the multiple roadways.

The route will be within Floyd County lines and contain the following roads: Church street, Old Calhoun road, Barron road, Ward Mountain road, Burlington road, Highway 53 South, West Hermitage road, Bells Ferry road and North avenue.

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

Admission and collector buttons are available exclusively at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center & Last Stop Gift Shop located at 402 Civic Center Drive. For more information, contact 706.295.5576 or visit


The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity 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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