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Rocky Mount

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett

In the 8th grade we studied Tennessee History and at that tender young age, not much interest on my part was given to ‘how it all started’ and the ‘when’s’ and ‘whos’, if you know what I mean.  But later I began to take interest in my roots and how my home state started and I began to read and learn of great men like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.  William Blount, named by George Washington as the first governor of the Southwest Territories used his friend, William Cobb along with his home and settlement as his official residence and territorial capitol from 1790–1792.  The government and capitol slowly moved westward into where Nashville stands today as the state of Tennessee’s capitol.

18th Century life...

That’s pretty good for a history lesson but what’s Rocky Mount used for today.  So glad you ask, because when you visit my state and my ‘hometown’ you are going to want to pack up the kids and take them to there because through the summer the kids are taught what life was like in the 1700’s.  Each week during June and July children ages 8 – 12 are invited to become ‘apprentice’ settler children from 9 – 3 daily learning the chores, crafts and livelihoods of early American children.  Adults and children don clothing of the era to get a ‘feel’ of 18th century life.  The girls can learn to sew and spin while the guys can experience gardening or tool making at the nearby blacksmith shop.

Fun for the whole family...

On the 4th of July, all attending will hear a historic reading of the Declaration of Independence and all attending will receive a free copy as well as witness a firing of the flintlocks and mortar by the standing militia in remembrance of those who fought for this country’s independence as well as the men and women who continue to serve in our military today.

Later in the year there is a 15K Overmountain Men Victory Run in commemoration of the victory of the early settlers over the British at the Battle for Kings Mountain in North Carolina.  This race is a USATF point to point race along the beautiful Watauga River valley tracing much of the steps followed by the original Overmountain men as they marched home following the historic battle some 231 years ago.  There is also a 3K fitness walk/run scheduled.

A Living History Museum...

Besides these special activities scheduled you will have opportunity to participate in corn shucking, sheep shearing, wool and flax processing, tool making, bee keeping plus a family garden worked and maintained daily using many of the old tools and technics incorporated over 200 years ago.  Rocky Mount is a true Living History Museum and the trip will be enjoyed by the whole family as well as something to be remembered for a lifetime…



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