200 HYDER HILL RD
P.O. BOX 160
PINEY FLATS, TN 37686
1-888-538-1791 (toll free)
Seniors (55+) $7.00
Children (Ages 5-17) $5.00
AAA and AARP discounts available.
Special Events and Programs
may have different prices.
(March 7 - December 15)
Tue. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Last tour starts by 4 p.m.
Other days/times available
through group reservation
Passing through the door of Rocky Mount, you step back in time to the year 1791... George Washington is President of the United States and has appointed William Blount as Governor of the Southwest Territory. Governor Blount has taken up residence at William Cobb's log home of Rocky Mount to conduct the business affairs of the new territory. When William Cobb arrived with his family in the western frontier of North Carolina in 1769, he did not realize that his new home would play such an important role in shaping the future of our country… Learn More...
Rocky Mount is open for its 55th season! We look forward to seeing everyone!
Wooly Day: Saturday, April 8th
ROCKY MOUNT UNVEILS NEW LOGO, ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE ALL THE SITE HAS TO OFFER
PINEY FLATS – For 55 years, Rocky Mount State Historic Site has brought the past to life for visitors, with insightful tours and educational programs that highlight the prominent role it played as the Capitol of the Southwest Territory.
That rich tradition continues today, as members of the William Cobb family and their staff, wearing period attire and using first-person interpretation, share details of their activities in 1791. Occasionally, Gov. William Blount pauses from addressing his official duties at Rocky Mount to greet constituents and discuss important topics facing the Southwest Territory.
From March to December, Rocky Mount opens its grounds for daily tours, as well as a summer camp and special events, such as Woolly Day, Spirit of the Harvest and the Candlelight Christmas Tours. Through these activities and a museum that touches on many eras, Rocky Mount provides multiple reasons for visitors to come frequently and learn more each time about this region’s history.
To emphasize the many ways the community can benefit, the site has adopted a new slogan – “Rediscover Rocky Mount,” with the tagline “Where History Comes Alive.” The Rocky Mount Board of Trustees and administrative leaders joined state and local elected officials and community leaders to unveil this new theme during a special ceremony Saturday, March 4, at the site. The event served as a kickoff for the 2017 season, which begins Tuesday, March 7.
“Our board and everyone on the Rocky Mount staff are pleased to present the community with a breadth and depth of programs and facilities that enhance people’s understanding of history in many forms,” said Jim Kelly, president of the trustees. “One visit cannot capture all Rocky Mount has to offer because we have so many elements to explore, and the variety of opportunities continues to grow.”
He said that is the reason the trustees embraced the slogan.
“Many people have told us they have come to Rocky Mount and had a memorable experience, but that visit might have been in their youth or as an adult many years ago,” Kelly said. “We want them to know there is value in returning frequently because we are not the same place every time they visit. We retain our core offerings that have made us a destination of choice for generations, but we enhance the site as we learn more and increase our connections with the community.”
Gary Walrath, Rocky Mount’s executive director, said the site’s museum is a prime example. It initially opened with 2,700 square feet and 24 exhibits but expanded in 2011 and now has 3,600 square feet and 35 exhibits. The exhibits review subjects such as the family relationship of the Cobb and Massengill families, the Revolutionary War, early travel and transportation, the ill-fated State of Franklin, the Southwest Territory, Gov. Blount, agriculture, home life and medicines.
As an example of the museum’s growth, Dr. Jim Strine donated his extensive collection of medical equipment to Rocky Mount in 2015. Rocky Mount staff members have since spent considerable time assessing and cataloging the items and building an exhibit, which will open this season and be periodically changed to showcase other items in the collection.
“We have an outstanding museum that provides a comprehensive learning environment for people of all ages,” Walrath said. “We are grateful to Dr. Strine and other partners who have contributed to the development of a remarkable facility to showcase history. For those who have never seen our museum or not visited in several years, we encourage you to set aside time to examine the exhibits. It’s a terrific way to add to your visit to our historic buildings and your conversations with the Cobb family.”
Aligning with the new slogan, Rocky Mount will strengthen the quality of its facilities and grounds this year. With an appropriation of $810,000 from the state of Tennessee through the Tennessee Historical Commission, Department of Environment and Conservation, Rocky Mount will increase accessibility for people of all abilities and provide other constructive updates to the site. Work will be ongoing throughout the summer, during which the site will remain open to visitors.
Specifically, the money will reroof the museum/interpretive center, provide ADA accessibility on the historic site and parking areas, repair and topcoat the site parking lot and entrance/egress roadways and provide for historically appropriate internal and perimeter fencing.
In 2013-14, Rocky Mount received a similar grant, which enabled the site to install historically correct slip oak shingles on the site’s historic structures.
“This year’s projects will complement what we completed a few years earlier and further position Rocky Mount as one of the premier historic sites in our region and in the state,” Walrath said. “We appreciate our state legislators for supporting these appropriations and thank everyone in Nashville for working with us to develop plans that will make our site even better.”
These grants are separate from Rocky Mount’s operating budget of more than $270,000. The Tennessee Historical Commission and the Massengill-DeFriece Foundation provide about half of the annual operating revenue. The remainder comes from a variety of sources, such as memberships, admissions, special events, an annual fundraiser, gift shop sales, photographer fees and facility rentals.
“We welcome additional partnerships and visitors because they will help Rocky Mount continue to serve as a valuable resource for telling the story of the early years of our country and our region,” Kelly said.
State Sen. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, said Rocky Mount is a treasure for the region and the state.
“As a member of the Tennessee General Assembly, I have a great appreciation for the roots of our state, the many people who shaped it and the organizations that preserve our heritage and keep it relevant for future generations,” he said. “Rocky Mount is well-respected historic site in our state, and I commend the work performed there to protect the legacy of the Cobbs and honor the service of Gov. Blount. I wholeheartedly recommend people visit Rocky Mount and absorb our region’s vibrant history.”
State Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Blountville, agreed with Lundberg and showed his support by securing a Tennessee flag to fly at the site.
“Rocky Mount is a jewel, and the board and staff have performed marvelous work to educate visitors about this period in our history,” he said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits to Rocky Mount and greatly appreciate the respectful manner in which history is presented. It’s a privilege to represent Rocky Mount in the Tennessee Legislature, and I am thrilled with the programs and projects the site has planned.”
To learn more about opportunities to assist Rocky Mount and for more information about the site, please call 423-538-7396 or visit www.rockymountmuseum.com. People can also connect with the site by visiting www.facebook.com/rockymountmuseum and @RockyMount TN on Twitter and Instagram.