Facts and Floats ice cream social at Rome Cemetery

Rome Cemetery, 1500 Jervis Ave., will hold its second annual Facts and Floats ice cream social and open house fund raiser 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.

For 160 years, Rome Cemetery has served the community as the final resting place for many citizens of Rome, including Francis Bellamy, author of the Pledge of Allegiance; John B. Jervis, a construction engineer on canal and railroad projects and whose home is now Jervis Public Library; John Stryker, an attorney whose influence led to the Utica and Syracuse Railroad’s course running through Rome.

The cemetery is a private, not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors. As such, the cemetery depends on donations, grants, burials and lot sales to fund its operations.

This year, the event will feature ice cream floats — for a suggested donation of $2 — and new this year will be a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the cemetery as well as a self-guided tour.