Blossom Hill begins in the vicinity of Five Points and near its peak joins Jackson Hill. The highest point is occupied by the city reservoir. According to the late Morrell Johnson Darko, Blossom Hill was named by Mary Sheppard, a former slave and her daughter Maggie. Mary and Maggie enjoyed walking around the hill and picking the beautiful flowers. Mrs. Sheppard told her daughter they would call it Blossom Hill. Mary was the first person to build a house on Blossom Hill. It’s a lovely area overlooking the city of Rome. Blossom Hill is 783.3 feet above sea level.
The outfit: Angela Moura is a horticulturalist at Lavender Mountain Hardware and Garden Center, which outfitted her in Woman’s Carhartt — cotton work tank top, canvas cargo shorts, denim jacket, work boots with logo cap.
Clocktower Hill is the site of Rome’s most famous landmark, the Historic Clocktower. It was once known as Lowe’s Hill or Tower Hill. The Historic Clock tower was built in 1871 as a water storage facility and the clock was added the following year. In 1883, Rome’s first public school was built next to the Clocktower. It was later named Neely School in memory of Benjamin Neely, the first superintendent of the Rome City Schools. The hill then became known as Neely Hill. Neely School closed in 1958 and the building was torn down in 1962. The Cornerstone of the school was found in 1995 and returned to the hill. The Clocktower rises 104 feet above the crest of the hill which is 693.9 feet above sea level.
The outfit: Jannine Wheeler from Alex Boutique models a blood orange block dress by E’nvi and signature circle necklace by Adina.
Jackson Hill is off Turner McCall Boulevard and is the site of the Rome Visitor Center. The hill and the area around it was developed during the Great Depression as a park. A large picnic pavilion of native rock was built by the WPA. That building is now the Rome Civic Center. During the same period, an amphitheater, waterfall and pond were added. The pond was later referred to as the Duck Pond due to the large population of Easter ducks that were relocated there. Children enjoyed visiting the Duck Pond and feeding the ducks. The hill also was the site of Fort Norton, an entrenchment fortification used by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Jackson Hill is 809.1 feet above sea level and is the highest of Rome’s Seven Hills.
The outfit: Brittany Hughes was dressed by Paula’s in black crop ants with a short-sleeve multicolor top, accessorized with turquoise shoes and bracelet.
Lumpkin Hill was altered by the construction of Turner McCall Boulevard and commercial development on the downtown side of the road. On the Riverside Parkway side of Lumpkin Hill is Oak Hill Cemetery, which was established in 1837. Lumpkin Hill was named for John Lumpkin who was one of the founders of Rome and served in the 28th Congress of the United States, from 1843-1845. Interestingly, Mr. Lumpkin lived on the hill where he was buried following his death. Lumpkin Hill rises 647.5 feet above sea level.
The outfit: Brook Brown sports Ivy Jane wide-leg pants and pink beaded V-neck knit top and Brighton sunglasses from Snazzy Rags.
Aventine is the only one of the Seven Hills of Georgia’s Rome that has the name of one of the Seven Hills of Ancient Rome. The hill turns off South Broad several blocks from Myrtle Hill and is located at the top of Lookout Circle, a residential area overlooking the Etowah River. At the peak of the hill is the Old Hebrew Cemetery which was established in 1875. A walk through this cemetery is like a walk on Broad Street many years ago — the names on those old storefronts are now the names on the grave stones of Mount Aventine. The hill is 756.0 feet above sea level.
The outfit: Anita Cummings is quite the belle in a Nic & Zoe Loycell/linen blend skirt and blouse and a straw hat with silk band by Toucan Hats. The outfit is by The Clotheshorse.
Myrtle Hill is on South Broad Street just across the Etowah River at the lower end of Broad Street. It was established as a cemetery in 1857. The cemetery is laid out on six terraces and covers 32 acres. There are more than 20,000 people buried there. It is still an active cemetery. When the cemetery was established, vinca minor, often called myrtle grew wild on the hill. Myrtle Hill Cemetery is a Victo-rian garden cemetery with beautiful angels, crosses and mausoleums adorning the hill. During the Civil War, Fort Stovall was established in the cemetery. More than 300 men who died in the hospitals of Rome are buried in the Confederate section just inside the main gate on Myrtle Street. Dead from all of the Confeder-ate States of America and the border states of Missouri and Kentucky are buried there. One of the most popular spots in this section is a large oak tree that has grown around the grave stone of an unknown Confederate soldier. Cemeteries are truly our most tangible link to our past and Myrtle Hill is no exception. Myrtle Hill, the Crown Jewel of the Seven Hills, stands 726 feet above sea level.
The outfit: Sarah Ellis Moore wears a trapeze dress by Michael Stars, Daisy Duke boots by Frye and wicker cowgirl hat by Peter Grimm, all from Mel & Mimi.
Old Shorter Hill
Old Shorter Hill is located on the rise of East Third Avenue. It was originally known as Shelton Hill. In 1873, the members of the First Baptist Church in Rome founded the Cherokee Baptist Female Institute. The school was built on the hill. Later the name of that school would be changed to Shorter College and the hill became known as Shorter Hill. When Shorter moved to its present location, the hill became known as Old Shorter Hill. After Shorter moved to the new location the buildings were occupied by Rome High School and because of the hill top site, Rome High students became known as the Hilltoppers. Old Shorter Hill rises 787.9 feet above sea level.
The outfit: Elizabeth Boyers wears a sleeveless trapeze banded print tunic with white sailor pants, while Rebekah Prater is in a baby doll top with city shorts, all from The Crate.