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Roman Holiday

A travel journal to Rome by willow

Quote: Rome is located in the Historic High Country of Northwest Georgia on land once farmed by the Cherokee, which later became the actualization of one woman's dream of a school for mountain children. This historically rich mountain town is a perfect weekend spot to rest, relax and reminisce.

Roman Holiday

Overview

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Rome is best known as the home of Berry College, the nation's largest campus and probably the most self-sufficient student population. To the Cherokee, Rome is the historical seat of their government and home to the Cheiftan's Museum. Rome, Ga, like Rome, Italy was built amidst seven hills. The older city recognizes the younger. It's touching to see the similarities and vast differences between the two. The people of Rome, Georgia are very proud of this affiliation as well as the preservation of their own history.Quick Tips: Rome is an excellent homebase from which to explore the wealth of history and the beauty of the foothills of the Appalachians. Best Way To Get Around: F...Read More

New Echota State Historic Site

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Attraction

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New Echota was the capital of the Cherokee Nation from 1825 to the time of their forced removal in 1838. The site has several original and reconstructed buildings: the Council House, the Supreme Courthouse, the print shop and various cabins. Those of us who relish American History know that the Constitution and American Democracy was largely patterned after the Cherokee governmental system. The Cherokee were the only American Indians who printed a bi-lingual newspaper. Their lifestyle more closely resembled that of the Anglo-Americans than any other tribe. They called these gentle foothills and river valleys 'The Enchanted Land.' Unfortunately the discovery of gold in Georgia led to the confi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2000

New Echota State Historic Site
1211 Chatsworth Highway
Rome, Georgia

Chieftains Museum

Attraction

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This 1794 log house was once the home of Cherokee Statesman, John Ridge. The museum holds an odd assortment of Native American and early Georgian artifact. There are those of us who believe the museum should restrict its displays to Cherokee heritage as the museum is recognized as a National Landmark on Georgia's 150 mile Chieftains Trail which opened in 1971. I would like to see the house refurbished as when Ridge lived there. Adm. $3.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 18, 2000

Chieftains Museum
501 Riverside Parkway
Rome, Georgia 30161
(706) 291-9494

Berry College: Oak Hill & Museum

Attraction | "Oak Hill, Martha Berry Museum"

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This beautifully-preserved 170 acre Antebellum plantation and mansion was once the family home of Martha Berry, the founder of Berry College. The home and award-winning gardens are immaculately kept. I have attended a Victorian Tea in the garden; the romantic nostalgia of more than 100 women and girls dressed in turn of the century splendor and sipping tea among the flowers will live long in my heart. The gardens are also a favored place for weddings and receptions. A video in the museum tells the inspiring story of Martha Berry and her one room log cabin school which grew to one of the nation's premier private colleges.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2000

Berry College: Oak Hill & Museum
24 Veterans Memorial HW
Rome, Georgia 30161
(706) 291-1883

Berry College

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Story/Tip

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Berry College, which sits on the nation's largest campus, was founded by Martha Berry. Using her land and inheritance, this remarkable woman dedicated her life to providing an education for mountain children. She attracted support from numerous philanthropists, among them Henry Ford. There is an anecdote which recounts her visit with Henry Ford and her plea for money. After hearing her out, Ford patiently explained that though he had a wealth of money, he also received many requests for funding, 'if I gave money to everyone who comes to me, I'd soon have none left.' As the disappointed Berry turned to leave, Ford, as a lark, tossed her a quarter. Less than two years later Berry sent Ford a letter ...Read More

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