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Saturday tour will feature downtown Rome historic churches

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Eight Rome landmarks will be featured in the Rome Area Heritage Foundation’s Holiday Tour of Historic Houses of Worship.

Featured spaces include First Baptist, First Christian, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, Metropolitan United Methodist, Ro­deph Sholom, St. Mary’s Catholic, St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal, and St. Peter’s Episcopal.

Click here to see a Google map of the churches.

The event will be held Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.

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 Rome 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 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.

For more information about the Holiday Tour of Historic Houses of Worship or to learn about the Rome Area Heritage Foundation, call 706-232-2570 or visit the Rome Area Heritage Foundation’s Facebook page.