The Rome Area Heritage Foundation (RAHF) will host a “Holiday Tour of Historic Houses of Worship” in Downtown Rome on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from 3 to 6 p.m. Featured spaces include 1st Baptist, 1st Christian, 1st United Methodist, 1st Presbyterian, Metropolitan United Methodist, Rodeph Sholom, St. Mary’s Catholic, St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal, and St. Peter’s Episcopal.
At each space, congregational historians will give a brief history of the building and the Roman citizens that helped bring it to life. Event patrons will also get to tour some of the historic gathering places and sanctuaries in this rare tour of downtown houses of worship.
“It has been several years since our downtown houses of faith have been able to participate in a tour like this one, and we are so excited to be able to open the doors during the holidays when these structures are at their finest,” said Paula Blalock, RAHF board president. “So much of our community’s history is closely linked to the founders of these organizations and connected to the spaces they inhabited. It is wonderful to be able to share our rich history of religious tradition in Floyd County with our citizens and visitors.”
Attendees will have the option to walk from location to location at their leisure in any order desired, or board the Toonerville Trolley, which will be carrying guests in one continuous circuit throughout the duration of the event.
Spaces on the tour can be purchased for $25 each with cash or check at Dogwood Books and the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center. On the day of the event, tickets will only be available at Dogwood Books. Admission includes a printed map/guide and trolley transportation. Children 11 years and younger are free.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to each participating organization. In addition, ticket sales will also raise funds for the Rome Area Heritage Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs.
Any organization in Floyd County seeking to preserve history is invited to apply for funding from RAHF for eligible programs and projects that include but are not limited to: signage; interior/exterior restoration; cemetery restoration; research to document the history of a building or artifact; a master plan for restoration; scholarships to a qualifying area student to study preservation; and a variety of other activities and programs that support historic preservation.
For more information about the Holiday Tour of Historic Houses of Worship or to learn about the Rome Area Heritage Foundation, please contact 706-232-2570 or visit www.facebook.com/romeareaheritagefoundation.