Jervis Public Library and city officials and a bevy of community members gathered on the front lawn of the library, 613 N. Washington St., on Tuesday to unveil two new historical markers, commemorating the Jervis Homestead and its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to the historical markers, a framed lithograph of an 1886 map of Rome donated by the children of Nick B. and Julia F. Stagnitti Strange was also formally presented to the library.
The historic Rome framed map was donated in memory of the Stranges, who ran Stranges’ Sewing Center in the city for many years. The map was gifted to the library by the Stranges’ children Mildred, Nick, Steven, and Mary.
Following the ceremony, the lithograph was placed in the library’s Dillon Room, where it will be prominently displayed.
The two new historical markers were purchased with grant funds awarded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a private, grant-making foundation, which helps people celebrate their community’s history with historic signage.
Designed by prominent 19th century civil engineer John Bloomfield Jervis (1795-1885), the Jervis homestead was completed in 1858. It was bequeathed to the city of Rome and opened as Jervis Public Library in 1895.
In 1982, the home was placed on the National and State Historic Registers.
Public tours of the historic home are offered at various scheduled times throughout the summer and early fall. A tour of the home was offered immediately following Tuesday’s unveiling ceremony.