I spooked a group of deer today. There were three or four, maybe a few more. It was hard to tell because they saw me before I saw them and were already making haste to get away with as little interaction with me as possible. Running up on deer might not seem all that strange for a Southern gentleman in Georgia. However, this happened within a mile or so or Rome's City Hall. I could hear the heavy equipment moving about over at the city public works barn. I could hear the traffic on the four lane road just yards away. I could just make out the tower at the city waterworks through the trees. This was practically downtown.
I'll let video tell the story:
So there are a few thoughts on video. As I exited the site, I shared a few more thoughts on audio. Just click here.
We choose to support the preservation of Burwell Creek for the same reasons we supported the expansion of Ocmulgee Mounds and the preservation of Ft. Hawkins in Macon. We support it for the same reasons we support the preservation of the Resaca Battlefield. These places tell the story of who we are.
Most of the sites of the Battle of Atlanta and Peachtree Creek are gone forever. We will never be able to support their preservation.
The Burwell Creek property would allow us to use an educational and ecological area to connect a major Cherokee historic site, The Chief Ridge Home with a WBTS site, Ft. Norton, and in turn, connect both of these with downtown. It could easily become a tourist magnet that could vastly outperform the negligible economic gains that the current plan could muster. And the city could lean on Coosa River Basin Initiative and others that support this preservation to provide trails, paths, and boardwalks to give these areas the connection we seek. All they'll need is the permission to make it happen.
If you agree with this alternate plan, please feel free to contact the City of Rome and let them know.
Historian, self-proclaimed gentleman, agrarian-at-heart, & curator extraordinaire