Myrtle Hill Cemetery is the second oldest cemetery in the city of Rome, Georgia. The cemetery is at the confluence of the Etowah River and Oostanaula River and to the south of downtown Rome across the South Broad Street bridge.GeographyThree of Rome's seven hills were chosen as burial grounds - Lumpkin Hill, Myrtle Hill, and Mount Aventine because of the flooding of Rome’s three rivers - Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa. Myrtle Hill was named for its Vinca minor (trailing myrtle) on the hill. The cemetery covers 32acre on 6 terraces and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Myrtle Hill cemetery is the final resting place of more than 20,000 people including doctors, politicians, football heroes, soldiers including America's Known Soldier, a First Lady of the United States, and Rome's founders."Where Romans Rest" is an annual tour of Myrtle Hill Cemetery, given by the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau.HistoryBattle of HightowerBefore becoming a cemetery, the hill gained notability as an 18th-century battle site. In September 1793, General John Sevier, in command of 800 men, came to the area on an unauthorized mission. Sevier was pursuing 1,000 Cherokees who had scalped and killed thirteen settlers at Cavett's Station, near Knoxville. The pursuit ended in Georgia, when Sevier caught up with the Cherokee at the village of what he called Hightower (Etowah, or Itawayi), which is near the present-day site of Cartersville, Georgia. The Cherokee created a defensive position on Myrtle Hill and used a guard to try to prevent Sevier from fording the rivers. Plan to visit Myrtle Hill Cemetery and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rome attractions using our Rome online trip itinerary planner .
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To begin with, drive the one-way crumbling road up to the top of the cemetery and you can see all of Rome! So awesome. Then take your time checking out the families, names, dates, and beautiful... more »
The people of Rome, GA are wonderful. They made you feel that if you weren't heading for a destination that you should be there at home in Rome, GA. This Myrtle Hill Cemetery is the best hill to view.... more »
What a beautiful and interesting cemetery. I was completely blown away and the feeling i experienced while there was so humbling. Almost as if an out of body experience. I am so happy that we stopped.
It’s such a lovely place to go visit and pay respects. The stroll was quite lovely especially with the view of Rome and all.
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