20 Myrtle Street, Rome, GA 30161
Dawn to Dusk
One of the most beautiful cemeteries in the nation sits atop Myrtle Hill at the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa rivers. Offering an unimpeded view of downtown Rome, Georgia, to the northeast, the Etowah Valley to the east, and the Appalachian foothills to the south, the cemetery boasts spectacular vistas and historic significance which combine to make it one of the most unique in the world.
The cemetery dates back to 1857 and is the final resting place for over 20,000 of Rome’s most notable residents including 368 Civil War graves, four US Congressmen, a Congressman of the Confederate States of America, a US Senator and Ellen Axson Wilson, wife of the 28th President of the United States. The Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you are looking for the historic, surreal, quintessential southern cemetery, Myrtle Hill is it. Come explore its six terraces and rich history – and visit the place where Romans rest.
Parking is available at the base of the cemetery:
Rome’s Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery has become the permanent home of more than 20,000 Romans since 1857. Myrtle Hill Cemetery is located on one of Rome’s seven hills and is situated on six terraces. Out of reach of flooding, the cemetery provides dramatic and beautiful views of Rome while also telling the stories of the pioneers and heroes of this community.
The free app tour of Myrtle Hill will take you on a journey to discover Rome’s rich heritage through text, audio, video and historical photos as you are guided by GPS through the cemetery.
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Rome’s Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery has over 35 different species of trees. Many trees are rare and many are not native to the Northwest Georgia Area.
Download Map: Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tree Tour (PDF)
Printed Tree Tour Map: Available at Rome-Floyd Visitor Center and Downtown Welcome Center.
This sculpture was commissioned by the Myrtle Hill/Oak Hill Memorial Association. Artist Jerermy Smith created the piece by carving it from a deceased oak tree. The art was completed in May 2023 and welcomes visitors to the top of the hill.