By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
Time marches on, but the memories are never forgotten. Many passing by the corner of 1st Avenue and Broad Street would never guess that the site was home to what many refer to the heart of Rome prior to the Civil War, until now.
The Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with a number of dignitaries and descendents of those who founded the Noble Brothers Foundry were on hand Saturday afternoon for the commemoration of an information kiosk, describing the historical significance of the site.
Robert Noble, whose great-great-grandfather John laid the groundwork for the beginnings of one of the most instrumental foundries in the Civil War period, spoke to a crowd of spectators on hand, reading letters written by his ancestors regarding the foundry.
Noble says that he is pleased to see the work of his great-great-grandfather and his great-grandfather George commemorated by the GRCVB.
“I happened to be descended from them, but we all have as part of our history, people that help build the place we live,” said Noble following the ceremony. “This is part of what created Rome and made it what it is today, along with a whole lot of other people and other things.”
The foundry on the banks of the Etowah River was completely burned to the ground as the city was razed during the Sherman occupation in 1864.
The massive lathe, that throughout its time in service produced locomotives, steam engines and arms for the Confederate campaign, survived the destruction, and was in use until the late 1960’s.
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