Visitor Guide

Civil War museums

Rome has several museums where visitors can learn about Civil War history. While not devoted exclusively to Civil War history, these museums are definitely worthwhile for visitors interested in the Civil War. Read on to learn about the Civil War museum exhibits:

Oak Hill & the Martha Berry Museum

Prior to the war, the site was the home of Charles Henry Smith, aka Bill Arp, the southern humorist who wrote caustic articles for the South’s newspapers. During the war, the home belonged to Mr. Sloan, a planter who presented his horse to Nathan Bedford Forrest at the conclusion of the Abel Streight affair. Following the war, the mansion was home to Captain Thomas & Frances Rhea Berry. In 1861, Thomas earned the rank of Captain while serving in Company A with the 31st Regiment, Alabama Infantry. More information

Rome Area History Museum

Focusing on the historical timeline of the Civil War with exhibits featuring armament, Confederate specie, dress, musical instruments, photographs, and more. More information

Chieftains Museum

During the Civil War, Chieftains was the home of former Confederate Congressman Augustus R. Wright, who met with Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C. for two weeks in 1864 to discuss the possibility of Georgia withdrawing from the Confederacy. General Order # 9, authored by General Robert E. Lee, is part of the Chieftains Museum collection. More information