One of the major objects of Col. Abel D. Streight's raid, the Noble Brothers Foundry served the southern cause as a machine shop and cannonworks during the Civil War.
When sent to Rome, Georgia in 1847 the immense lathe used by the brothers was transported by ship to Mobile, Alabama. After a journey up the Alabama and Coosa Rivers, falls west of the city forced the company to unpack and dismantle the lathe, which they finished transporting by cart.
Over the 13 years before the war the Noble Brothers expanded the operation, clearcutting many acres of land to feed their fires. Logging roads built to transport the wood to town can still be found throughout the mountains in the area.
With the advent of war in 1861 production at the foundry changed. Cannon production increased as did other war related materials. In 1862, in nearby Cedar Bluff, the brothers built a water powered cold blast furnace. Before Sherman's army attempted to destroy the lathe in 1864, production of cannon had been halted by the Confederate government, pending investigation of charges regarding the improper manufacture of weapons at the facility.
Sledgehammers used by Uncle Billy's boys left marks in the machine that today sits on Civic Center Hill in downtown Rome. Although Sherman destroyed almost all the city's manufacturing capabilities, the lathe remained unscathed and continued to be productive until the 1960's
The Noble family was instrumental in building Rome's Clocktower.
Other Attractions in Rome
Chieftains Musuem / Major Ridge Home
Rome Area History Museum
The Martha Berry Museum
Rock Eagle Effigy Mound
Big Red Apple
Historic Squares of Savannah
Babyland General Hospital
Etowah River Bridge
Cooper's Iron Works
Oostanaula River Bridge
John B. Gordon Hall
Relief Map at Ringgold
Relief Map at Dalton
The Big Chicken
Coca-Cola bottle at Turner Field
World of Coca Cola
Skylift at Stone Mountain Park