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Timeline & Heritage Festival 2021

Mark your calendars for June 12th & 13th, it will soon be time for our Timeline & Heritage Festival! Have you ever wanted to take a trip through the past? See how folks dressed, fought in battles, or even how they did their trade? Rocky Mount State Historic Site will host one of the largest historical events spanning from the Revolutionary Wars to current times. Join groups of historic re-enactors for a two-day event as they gather together across our landscape to share their knowledge and educate the public. Tennessee has long held the nickname of the “Volunteer State” and here you can learn how some of our ancestors chose to do that very thing throughout the years. Demonstrations of battle strategies, blacksmithing, leatherworking, and a ladies’ tea are just a small list of things that you can see and enjoy during the two-day event of June 12th and 13th. During the event, Rocky Mount will host tours of the historic homestead and museum. Time is of the essence, mark your calendars today!
Just Some of The Activities Planned Out:
• 100s of Living History Reenactors and Displays 🎭
• Military Demonstrations🎖
• Cannon Firings 💥
• Music from Throughout Decades 🪕
• Working Blacksmith Forge 🔥
• Historical Church Service
• Children’s Entertainment 🎲
• Food Vendors 🥘
• Period Merchants and Traders 🏅
• And Much More!!!

Hosted at the
Capital of the Southwest territory

Event Pricing

1 Day Pass

Start 9:30 am - Ends 5pm

Adult: $12
Youth (Ages 6 – 13): $10
Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Youth): $42
Senior: $10
Age 5 & Younger: Free Admission

2 Day Pass

Starts 10:30 - Ends 4:00pm

Adult: $18
Youth (Ages 6 – 13): $14
Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Youth): $60
Senior: $14
Age 5 & Younger: Free Admission

Timeline & Heritage Festival 2021

Photo Credit: Sheila Hunt

Schedule of Events


  • 9:30am – Front Gates Open
  • 10:00 am – Native American Stories and Weapons Demonstrations
  • 10:30 am – Women of Tennessee Talk
  • 11:00 am – Happy 225th Birthday Tennessee – (Meet the Governor and Secretary Southwest Southwest Territory)
  • 11:30 am – “Dad Had No Boys” Talk – Ruth Peterson Bailey
  • 12:00 pm – Jonesborough Rhythm Express Music
  • 12:30 pm –  Meet the Generals/Celebrating Freedom Talk
  • 1:30 pm – Civil War Battle
  • 2:00 pm – Maple Grove Band
  • 2:00 pm – Native American Stories and Weapons Demonstrations
  • 2:30 pm – Flag Retirement Ceremony Trail Life Boys
  • 3:00 am – Happy 225th Birthday Tennessee – (Meet the Governor and Secretary Southwest Southwest Territory)
  • 3:00 pm – WWII Discussions & Demonstrations
  • 5:00 pm – Front Gates Close
  • 7:00 pm – Barn Dance


  • 10:30am – Front Gates Open
  • 11:00 am – Historic Church Service
  • 12:00 pm – Women of Tennessee Talk
  • 12:30 am – Meet the Generals/Celebrating Freedom Talk
  • 1:00 pm – Weapons Demonstrations Native American Stories
  • 1:30 pm – Civil War Battle
  • 2:00 pm – WWII Battle Discussion
  • 2:00 pm – Ladies Tea Party
  • 2:30 pm – WWII Battle
  • 2:30 pm – 3rd Day Resurrection Music
  • 3:00 pm – Vietnam Battle
  • 4:00 pm – Front Gates Close

Come Celebrate The Birthday of Tennessee With Us!

This year we celebrate the 225th Birthday of Tennessee. Did you know that Rocky Mount held a significant role in the starting of Tennessee? After a failed attempt at creating a state directly following the War for Independence, known as the State of Franklin, the territory needed protection and leadership. President George Washington appointed William Blount to be governor for the newly developed Southwest Territory, which spanned from the Allegheny mountains to the Mississippi River. Blount moved from North Carolina to William Cobb’s home, Rocky Mount, in 1790. William Blount’s stay at Rocky Mount made it the Capitol and Headquarters of the Southwest Territory until his move to Knoxville in 1792.
Many censuses were written from Rocky Mount, as well as meetings that would lead to the creation of treaties with the local Natives. These treaties were created to gain land and safety for incoming settlers to help build up the population so that the territory would qualify to become a state. Tennessee finally became a state on June 1, 1796, making it the 16th state of the Union.

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