The entire household is abuzz with more than flies today. We’re abuzz with excitement over our coming weekend trip to Berry College, Patrick’s alma mater, located in the lovable city of Rome, Georgia.
Saturday morning, we’ll cruise into town just in time to catch the local Farmer’s Market. I’m thinking we’ll pick up breakfast from a nice man in overalls who can tell Max about the kind of soil required for that okra he wants to plant in our garden next year.
Then maybe we’ll check in to our shared cottage and start scouring the scene for blond babies, pregnant ladies, and red-haired Vikings. Rumor has it that we’ll be going for a group hike and a possible swim, which is close as it gets to heaven in my book. I’ve visited Berry twice before with Patrick, but there is so much I want to explore there… so many little stories he’s shared with me. Among the intriguing things he has mentioned:
- 15 miles of horse trails. And horses.
- The mysterious swimming hole which turns out to be a reservoir.
- The beloved House O’ Dreams.
- The Longleaf Pine Trail and little sights along the way.
- Stories and tales about Martha Berry, “the Sunday lady of Possum Trot”.
- Possum Trot Church, which we visited.
- The lovely Old Mill, which we also visited.
- The student-cultivated gardens.
- The infamous Schroeder’s Deli.
If you’re traveling to or around Rome, Georgia, don’t bother to wear a flower in your hair. But do bother to burn a good CD for drives along the back roads my husband loves so dearly. And consider adding the following to your itinerary:
- Rome’s Clock Tower, atop Neely Hill overlooks downtown Rome and houses a collection of works by local artist Chuck Schmult.
- Ye olde Train Depot also houses the Visitor’s Center.
- The Myrtle Hill Cemetery is legendary for its beauty as well as its legends. At the confluence of the Etowah and Oostanaula Rivers, it includes the grave of First Lady Ellen Wilson and moments steep with Confederate history.
- Cave Spring, located fifteen miles southwest of Rome, is a teeny tiny town with less than 1,000 residents but over 90 buildings and houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the middle of town is Rolater Park, home to the second largest swimming pool in the State of Georgia, and one of only five pools in Georgia built in the shape of the state. That takes the cake.
- Ridge Ferry Community Park is home to the Farmer’s Market, as well as an awesome playground sure to keep parents busy.
- The Rome Area History Museum runs regular “cocktail cruises down the Coosa”.
- Fishing is all the rage at the Lock and Dam Park. Campers welcome. The Lock and Dam Trails look pretty impressive as well.
- Armuchee Park nestles against Armuchee Creek off of Jones Mill Road, It is a scenic 31 acre park with basketball courts, fishing, creek, picnic shelter, playground, 3 softball/ baseball fields, and 2 unlighted tennis courts. Lots of green space.
- Etowah Indian Mounds in nearby Cartersville.