Hike Through History this Friday

This Friday, spend your lunch picnicking and playing life-sized games to live music and trekking up Rome’s most iconic hill at Hike Through History presented by Harbin Clinic.

The event will be on Friday, May 11th at Myrtle Hill Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An event to highlight Historic Preservation Month, Hike Through History is planned in conjunction with the Office of Downtown Development and the Rome-Floyd Planning Department.

Parking for the event will be available at River Dog Outpost located at 1 Broad Street, and handicapped parking will be at the mausoleum at Myrtle Hill. Additionally, the Roman Chariot will be available for shuttling services.

Local food truck favorites Speakcheesy, El Venado, Swift & Finch and Runnin’ Wild will be on-site and Barbaric Yawps will serenade the cemetery with an acoustic set.

Guided health walks led by local athletic trainer Brian Price will start at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Russell McClanahan will give historic tours of Myrtle Hill at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Event-goers can walk the path at any time during Hike Through History.

“Rome has a wealth of history at Myrtle Hill and what better way to enjoy it than with a day of fun, food, exercise and great music?” says Brittany Griffin of the Historic Preservation Commission.

“Hike Through History is a great new way for Harbin Clinic to promote healthy lifestyles for the community. We’re happy to be involved,” says Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock. “We hope people will stop by on their lunch breaks and have fun walking and eating with us at Myrtle Hill.”

A Harbin Clinic tent will be set up in the grassy area at the base of Myrtle Hill on Branham Avenue. Tables will be available for sitting, but people are also encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for picnicking. Outdoor games will be in play, including life-size checkers and cornhole.

People who take photos and share them on social media are encouraged to use the hashtags #HikeThruHistory, #ThisPlaceMatters, #HistoricPreservationMonth and #PreserveRomeGa, and tag @DowntownRomeGa and @HarbinClinic.