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Myrtle Hill Cemetery
Rome, Floyd County, Georgia

 Myrtle HIll cemetery
Myrtle Hill Cemetery

GPS: 34.252368, -85.178873

90 Myrtle Street
Rome, GA 30162

Published: January 5, 2017
Total records: 9,016

Myrtle Hill Cemetery is owned and maintained by the City of Rome.

History

Myrtle Hill Cemetery was officially established in 1857. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Among famous burials is Ellen Axson Wilson, First Lady of the United States. There are also a large number of unmarked graves in the cemetery, particularly in the old section. There is an estimated 20,000 burials that took place at Myrtle Hill.

Myrtle Hill was the second cemetery established by the city of Rome. The first being Oak Hill Cemetery, is located on Seventh Avenue in downtown Rome. By 1850, Oak Hill was nearing capacity. The city apparently appointed Col. Thomas A. Alexander and Daniel S. Printup to select a new site. The land they selected, on the large hill on the south side of the Etowah River, belonged to Alfred Shorter, a wealthy businessman who had acquired property throughout Rome and was a major stakeholder in the Rome Railroad. The original deed conveying the property to the city for a cemetery was lost during the Civil War, but it is believed that the land was sold in about 1855, around the same time that Shorter built a bridge across the Etowah River linking the Cave Spring Road with the south end of Broad Street.

According to records, burials had occurred prior to the official establishment of Myrtle Hill Cemtery. Otherwise, the cemetery was officially opened for new burials in 1857. Records have been lost for the very first burial. Mrs. Benjamin F. Hawkins and John Billups are among the oldest known burials.

Cemetery Records

Records published here were acquired from the City of Rome on January 5, 2017. Dates of burial range from 1847 to 2016.


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