The 2016 Noble County Community Guide is provided by the News-Sun.

HISTORY: The town was officially laid out and named in 1839 by John Mather and Ebenezer Pierce. the Town's name comes from a job foreman who was trying to convince Irish laborers to get along with French laborers working on the dike that stretches from near Northport to Rome City. He reportedly told them they must cooperate and "do as the Romans do." The name stuck, and "City" was added later by the post office to avoid confusion with another town of Rome in the southern part of the state. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, the town became famous as a weekend and summer resort. 

POPULATION: 1,377, according to the 2014 Census estimate.

GOVERNMENT: A three-member council — made up of president Ben Castle and council members Gary Furlow and Nick Heffner — meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the town hall. Clerk-treasurer Brenda Conley and Town Manager Leigh Pranger have offices at the Town Hall, 854-2412. 

SERVICES: Sewage service is provided by the town. Water and garbage services are not provided. Pranger oversees the street and sewer departments. 

EDUCATION: Rome City Elementary School, 400 Jefferson St., provides classes for students from the kindergarten through sixth grade. "The Romans" is the school's nickname. The school is a part of East Noble School Corp. High school students attend East Noble High School in Kendallville. Principal Heather Greene may be contacted at 854-3241 for further information. 

RECREATION: Rome City encourages both residents and visitors to use its four parks: Kelly Park, Gaff Park, Lakeside Park and Sycamore Park. Also, Rome City has its own golf course, Limberlost Country Club. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources operates a public access site to Sylvan Lake

TOURISM: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site on Sylvan Lake.


POLICE: Rome City Town Marshal: Jim Sheffield, 854-3113, emergencies 911. 

FIRE: Orange Township Fire Department, 101 Warrener Dr.. Emergencies only, 911. The non-emergency number is 854-3875. Stan Loos is the fire chief. 

POST OFFICE: The post office is located at 125 Kerr Ave. and the postmaster is Brittany Duty. Its phone number is 854-3700. The post office’s lobby is open from 12:01am-11:59pm Monday-Sunday. Retail hours are 10:00am-2:00pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am-noon Saturday.