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 history and honors our natural resources. In addition, Advance Rome City, a local revitalization group, was formed and has worked on many beautification projects as well as reintroduced a parade and other summer events.
The Sylvan Lake Improvement Association, 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. Additionally, the Rome City Conservancy District was formed in 1993 to provide for the repairs and continued maintenance of the Sylvan Lake Dam and public access site that is open 24-7 year round. A recent addition is the paving of the first 1.25 miles of the Fishing Line Trail – a walking-biking trail that will run from Kendallville to Rome City, mostly following the old rail line that brought people to our town to enjoy the lakes, festivals and healing springs.