We are proud of our history of moving forward and adapting, while preserving the past that has built us. As the home of Indiana’s most famous female author, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site preserves and presents her legacy and honors our natural resources. In addition, Advance Rome City, a local revitalization group, works on many beautification projects including a parade and other summer events.
The Sylvan Lake Improvement Association (SLIA), one of the oldest in the state, was formed to improve and conserve Sylvan Lake. The SLIA, with the help of its members, purchased Camp Big Island in 2007. A walking trail showcases the beauty of the wooded island and reminds us of the past summers when Camp Big Island was home to the Boy Scouts.
Rome City Conservancy District, formed in 1993, provides for the repairs and continued maintenance of the Sylvan Lake Dam and public access site that is open 24/7, year-round.
The Fishing Line Trail, a project of Noble Trails Inc., is a walking-biking trail that connects Rome City and Kendallville, mostly following the old rail line that brought people to our town to enjoy the lakes, festivals and healing springs. The public can access the trail at several spots including the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and via Gaff Park.
Collaboration enhances local small businesses
The joint Chambers of Commerce, along with the Noble County Economic Development Corporation and Visit Noble County, have launched SHOPNoble, an online platform with an interactive, mobile-friendly "shop local" directory.
SHOPNoble also provides free resources to exclusively support our local small business owners and operators. This is a free service for all, no membership required.