A Visit to Dogwood Books – Rome, Georgia

Before saying goodbye to Georgia we left I-75 and traveled west on Rte. 411 to the charming city of Rome.  Tucked in the foothills of the ancient Appalachian Mountains, this city of about 96,ooo people boasts three rivers (Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa), one university and two colleges.  The highway through the rolling hills and pine forests was beautiful ride, and the approach to the city had lovely flowering trees.


Here we visited Dogwood Books, a used & rare book shop which carries over 20,000 books and is the largest used book store in Northwest Georgia.

Dogwood Books, 240 Broad St., Rome, Georgia

Dogwood Books, 240 Broad St., Rome, Georgia

The store is owned by Kenneth Studdard, and has two floors of   inventory in a wide variety of genres, with a nice selection of children’s series books, signed collectible books, mystery, literature, and non-fiction categories.  The store is spacious, neat and well arranged. Below are some interior views of Dogwood Books:


Second floor, Dogwood Books, Rome, GA


First floor viewed from second floor staircase, Dogwood Books


Second floor, Dogwood Books

Kenneth Studdard, Proprietor of Dogwood Books (and me)

Kenneth Studdard, Proprietor of Dogwood Books (and me)

This store is definitely worth a visit if you are a book lover, and if you go, plan to spend some time — there is a lot to look over.  And it’s such a pretty city at every turn, you may want to explore it further than we were able to…


for our book scouting adventure was pulling us northward to Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Join us there in our next post!








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