If you have ever wished to visit the past, visiting Rocky Mount is as close as you can come to stepping back in time. When visiting Rocky Mount, it will be like stepping back in time to the year of 1791 as a guest of the Cobb family. Still seated at Rocky Mount today, the original home was built by William Cobb in 1772. The home was historically significant as it served as the territorial capital of the Southwest Territory between 1790 and 1792.
Also seated at Rocky Mount is the Massengill Overmountain Museum which features hundreds of artifacts from the region’s diverse cultural heritage. The galleries at the museum contain information pertaining to history of Northeast Tennessee from the geological formation of the area through the mid-20th century. After visiting the history farm, use the information gained about the farmstead for context as you take a stroll through the museum. This will highlight the drastic technological differences and advances in medical science that have occurred since the family farm was occupied.
You will also get a chance to see the 18th century Conestoga wagon which significantly differs from our modern vehicles today. Walking through the farmstead and home allows visitors to imagine themselves living in that era and stepping into the occupation of being a weaver or an apprentice to a cabinetmaker. Whatever position you imagine yourself in, a visit to Rocky Mount is sure to invoke nostalgia of the time come and gone.
Visiting Rocky Mount will also grant you a wonderful history lesson of what life was like back in 1791. Living history tours are offered daily by costumed interpreters in the Cobb house and farmstead. You will get to observe the life of a frontier family, from seeing what they do to even tasting the results from the kitchen’s hot open hearth. The tours explore all four seasons and allow the opportunity to view how life differs with the change of the season. You can visit Rocky Mount at 200 Hyder Hill Road in Piney Flats, TN.