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Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Announces Floyd County Photo Contest Winner and Get to Know Floyd County

July 1, 2021

Floyd County is home to many, but it's also the place that I call home. I'm excited to announce this week for the "Get to Know Northwest Georgia" series, we’re highlighting Floyd County!

Winner of the Floyd County Photo Contest:

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Berry Mill Photo

Jason Blalock

 

Location of Photograph

Berry College

 

From the Photographer

"Berry College's Old Mill with Fall Color."

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Clock Tower

Ginger Gresham

 

Location of Photograph

Downtown Rome, Ga

 

From the Photographer

"The Beautiful Clocktower in the Spring."

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Sunset

Leslie Kleist

 

Location of Photograph

Rome, Ga

 

From the Photographer

"From My Balcony, Sunset From Turnbull Hill in Old East Room After a Storm Last Summer."

 

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Old Mill

Jay Jarvis

 

Location of Photograph

Berry College

 

From the Photographer

"Constructed in 1930, the Old Mill boasts an iron hub which had originally been of service at Hermitage, an early manufacturing community near the Shannon village between Rome and Calhoun, Georgia, and was a gift to Berry from The Republic Mining (bauxite) and Manufacturing Company. The wooden overshot waterwheel, considered one of the largest in the world at 42 feet in diameter, was constructed by student workers. For many years, the mill was operated by Mr. Green Berry Goodson, a white-bearded miller who ground Berry-grown corn into meal and grits. Water is piped directly from Berry's reservoir lake to the wheel. Once primed, the force of gravity is strong enough to push the water up the stone column and over the wheel, causing it to turn."

Get to Know Floyd County

 

Founded: 1832

 

Population: 98,498

 

Largest City: Rome

 

County Seat: Rome

 

County Website: https://www.romefloyd.com/

 

Historical Landmarks:

  • Rome Clocktower: "The Clock Tower in Rome, Georgia is one of the oldest landmarks in the city. The clock tower was built in 1871 under the direction of James Noble, Jr. and his family. It was originally built to hold the 250,000 gallons of water that would serve the city." Address: Clock Tower, 410 E 2nd St, Rome, GA 30161

 

  • Chieftains Museum: "Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is a National Historic Landmark and one of only a few private entities to be certified by the National Park Service as a site on the Trail of Tears. Major Ridge, whose old home Chieftains now occupies, was one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota, which resulted in the forced relocation of the Cherokee people." Address: 501 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome, GA 30161

 

  • Rome City Auditorium: "Located at 601 Broad Street and first opened in 1916, the Historic Rome City Auditorium is a 1,106 seat performing arts center." Address: 601 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161

 

  • The Old Mill at Berry College"Featured as the trademark for Southeastern Mills, the grist mill at Berry College was built in 1930. One of the most popular mill settings in the South, the mill's most prominent feature is its huge overshot mill wheel. One of the largest in the world, the wheel measures 42 feet in diameter and three feet in width." Address: Berry College, Mt. Berry, GA 30149

 

To find out more about Floyd history check out: https://www.romeareahistorycenter.org//

 

Things to do in Floyd County:

 

  • Cave Spring Rolater Park & Pinhoti Trail: "The Pinhoti trail runs through Rolater Park. The trailheads for the Pinhoti Trail are located just outside of town, southwest of Cave Spring. The trail extends up through Coosa, follows Taylor’s Ridge to Dalton to north Ellijay before eventually linking to the Appalachian Trail. The Pinhoti is the longest thru-trail in Georgia at at over 165 miles." Address: 13 Old Cedartown Rd, Cave Spring, GA 30124"

 

  • Oak Hill & Martha Berry Museum"The Oak Hill home, built in the 1880s is the Greek Revival mansion of Martha Berry, founder of Berry College. Oak Hill was the childhood home of Martha Berry and later became her adult residence, altered to her taste. Oak Hill was gifted by Martha Berry to the schools and remains intact as she left it in the 1930s." Address: 24 Veterans Memorial Hwy NE, Rome, GA 30165

 

  • Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area: The Rocky Mountain Recreation and Public Fishing Area is located near the Chattahoochee National Forest and offers 2 lakes totaling 559 acres. Address: 4054 Big Texas Valley Road NW Rome, GA 30165



  • Rome Area History Center: "As a vital center for local historical research, the Rome Area History Center preserves, interprets, and exhibits collections portraying the history of Rome and the surrounding area. The permanent exhibits create a walk through time starting with early settlers through the Civil War, and then the development of Rome’s culture, life-ways and industries". Address: 305 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161

 

To find out more to do in Floyd County check out:

https://www.rfpra.com/

https://romegeorgia.org/visit-rome/attractions/

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos! Come visit Floyd County!