Hike Through History for Historic Preservation Month

Trekking up one of Rome’s most historic hills is a great, healthy way you can celebrate our rich past - and it’s even more fun with food and friends.

Hike Through History, presented by Harbin Clinic, will be on 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.

The event will feature live music by the Barbaric Yawps and local food truck favorites such as Speakcheesy, El Venado and Runnin’ Wild. Guided hikes led by local athletic trainer Brian Price will start at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., but event-goers can walk the path at any time throughout Hike Through History.

Harbin Clinic’s Director of Wellness Sarah King says Hike Through History is a fantastic opportunity for locals to drop by, grab some healthy grub and meander through Rome’s most iconic, scenic hill.

“We’re excited to offer this event to our community,” says King. “Walking has so many health benefits, and it’s a simple way to stay actively engaged and keep your health in check. We hope people will stop by on their lunch breaks and walk with us at beautiful Myrtle Hill.”

“We are always looking for ways to get the public outside and more involved in these historic places,” says Brittany Griffin of the Historic Preservation Commission. “Hiking the hill is a great way to pay homage to those Romans who came before us while improving our physical and mental health. We’re happy to partner with Harbin Clinic and the DDA on this inaugural hike.”

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