Historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery is one of the most beautiful Sweetums and I have visited. Established in 1857, Myrtle Hill is located at the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa rivers.
Its location high atop a hill overlooking Rome, Ga., is the perfect setting for the gorgeous funerary art. Six terraces were dug into the hill to provide level sites for burials.
It has more memorial statues at its entrance than any cemetery I’ve seen, including those honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate women who aided with war efforts, World War I and II veterans, a plaque about John Wisdom, the Paul Revere of the South, and more. Three 1904 water-cooled automatic machine guns are displayed nearby.
Those are in addition to the monuments atop individual graves in the cemetery. Among them are the graves of Ellen Axson Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson and one of three First Ladies to die while their husbands were in office, and Charles W. Graves, the last known American victim of WWI.
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