A tour of residences representing Rome’s historic districts and neighborhoods will take place Sunday, May 6, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the inaugural #ThisPlaceMatters Historic Home Tour. This rare look inside six historic properties is presented by the Rome Area Heritage Foundation in recognition of Preservation Month. Highlighted neighborhoods include Avenue A, Between the Rivers, College Heights, Mt. Aventine, Oakdene Place and Old East Rome. All proceeds raised from the tours will benefit the new women’s build for the Davies Shelter.
“Each historic property has its own unique personality and represents the stories and people of the past and present,” said Nena Dake, RAHF board president. “It is important that we all work together to preserve our heritage—it keeps our integrity as a people and as Romans. Once a piece of history is destroyed, it is lost forever.”
Coinciding with the commemoration is a free exhibition of student artwork depicting some of the homes and highlighted historic districts. Artwork from students representing Floyd County Schools and Darlington School will be on display throughout the month of May in the storefront of the Rome Area History Museum, 305 Broad Street.
Sponsors of next month’s #ThisPlaceMatters tour and artwork display also include Toles, Temple & Wright, Greater Community Bank, Fast Printing & Signs, Avery McCullough Photography and @HousesofRomeGa.
#ThisPlaceMatters is a social media campaign developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to coincide with Preservation Month in May. The program was created to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation billed as an opportunity for “telling the stories of the places we can’t live without.” Throughout May and beyond, community members are encouraged to post their favorite historic landmarks and share their personal significance to social media networks like Instagram and Facebook using #ThisPlaceMatters.
A limited number of tickets for the #ThisPlaceMatters Historic Home Tour will be sold for $40 each at the Last Stop Gift Shop and Rome-Floyd Visitor Center, 402 Civic Center Drive. Cash or checks made payable to The Shelter will be accepted for ticket payment.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event, patrons are to redeem pre-sold tickets for a tour wristband, guide and map at First United Methodist Church, 202 E. Third Ave. At this time, any unsold tickets that remain will also be available on-site. It is strongly recommended that patrons begin touring promptly at 2 p.m. to ensure an adequate amount of time for visiting each home and traveling between districts.