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Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Myrtle Hill Cemetery

 
 
Myrtle Hill Cemetery / Myrtle Hill's Magnolias / The Confederate Section Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
1. Myrtle Hill Cemetery / Myrtle Hill's Magnolias / The Confederate Section Marker
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Myrtle Hill Cemetery
The City of Rome established Myrtle Hill Cemetery in 1857, successor to Rome's first burial place, Oak Hill Cemetery/West Seventh Avenue. Originally Myrtle Hill did not include this triangular area at the foot of the hill, bounded by South Broad and Myrtle Streets.

Mrs. John Hughes Reynolds (Mary Turnley), chairperson Conservation Department, Rome Woman's Club, persuaded the City of Rome to annex this undeveloped about 1912 — to be landscaped as a park and bird sanctuary. Her plan called for one of every tree and plant listed in the Bible.

Following Charles W. Graves’ burial at Antioch Cemetery, many persons and organizations began a movement to bring his body into the City of Rome. Rome's City Council requested Mrs. Reynolds' permission to have him buried in Memorial Place. Veterans groups came to call it Legion Square.

Myrtle Hill's Magnolias
In 1922-1923 Rome/Floyd County also remembered thirty-three other sons who died in 1917-1918. Thirty-four magnolia grandflora trees, from the historic John and Esther Miller Excelsior Nursery,
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
2. Myrtle Hill Cemetery Marker
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East Rome, were planted here in memory of all its sons who made the supreme sacrifice. Beginning on South Broad the trees extend to the Myrtle Street gate.

The Confederate Section
Less than 10 years after Myrtle Hill was established 377 veterans of the American Civil War were buried here — all in marked graves — in honored glory. There are 83 unknown, 81 Confederate, 2 Federal.
 
Erected by The A. W. Ledbetter Foundation Trustees — William Pridgen, A.W. Ledbetter, Jr., Dr. Joel Snider.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesHorticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
 
Location. 34° 15.016′ N, 85° 10.7′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from South Broad Street near Myrtle Street Southwest. Marker is in the Veterans Plaza section of Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rome GA 30161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anchor Duck Mills World War II Memorial (here, next to this marker); The McDougald Family of Georgia (here, next to this marker); Vietnam War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Georgia’s Paul Revere
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(a few steps from this marker); The Fallen (within shouting distance of this marker); Here Lies in Honored Glory an American Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellen Louise Axson Wilson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Hightower Monument (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
Also see . . .
1. Asset Detail | Myrtle Hill Cemetery (PDF). National Register of Historic Places inventory-nomination form and photographs. (Submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

2. Myrtle Hill Cemetery (Wikipedia). Historical overview of the site, from being a U.S.-Cherokee battleground to a Civil War fort and finally a burial ground. (Submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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