Oak Hill Cleanup
Cleanup at Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum started this week as students and staff hauled off trees and limbs from the Dec. 22 storms that hit Rome. The storms, which included a tornado, damaged or downed more than 100 trees causing damage to the museum roof, the Original Cabin and the gift shop. Thankfully no one on the grounds was hurt during the storm. Oak Hill and its adjacent outbuildings did not appear to sustain any damage.
According to the Rome News-Tribune, the tornado etched a swath across Rome and into neighboring Bartow and Gordon counties. Experts estimate damages to local businesses in the neighborhood of $1.82 million. The figure does not include residential properties.
Some of the tree damage at Oak Hill occurred along the Martha Berry “Walkway of Life” which is between the Original Cabin and the Oak Hill gate. The walkway includes 14 of Miss Berry’s favorite sayings. Among them are “Prayer changes things,” and “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” Oak Hill and the
Martha Berry Museum will be closed until Wednesday (Jan. 11) for the cleanup.
Berry has a tree restoration fund that was set up after the destruction of last April’s storms. Donations can be made at www.berry.edu/treerestoration/
Photos by student photographer Blake Childers