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History comes to life at Rocky Mount Museum

February 19th, 2012 5:47 pm by Staff Report

History comes to life at Rocky Mount Museum

This year, the historic site celebrates its 50th anniversary, and there are activities and events planned for all age groups in honor of the celebration. April 1 will mark the beginning of the festivities.

Have you ever wondered what life was like in the late 1700s? Rocky Mount Museum, located a short drive away in Piney Flats, off of Highway 11E, provides historical information about that time period. The original home on the site served as the territorial capital of the Southwest Territory between 1790 and 1792, and was built by William Cobb in 1772.


This year, the historic site celebrates its 50th anniversary, and there are activities and events planned for all age groups in honor of the celebration. April 1 will mark the beginning of the festivities. There will be a guest speaker, to be announced at a later date, along with appearances by many past Rocky Mount directors.


On April 14, children of all ages will enjoy the annual "Wooly Day" event with the shearing of the sheep. Visitors, ages 5 and up, pay an admission price of $5 to enjoy a full day of events, featuring wool demonstrations, and interaction with the lambs on site.


June and July are also busy times at Rocky Mount as summer camps for school-age children take place. At the camps, children can experience life in the 1700s as they dress in costume and participate in activities and chores that were customary for children who lived during that time period. On the Fourth of July, families can also enjoy an old-fashioned holiday at Rocky Mount.


Rocky Mount Museum offers field trips for area school children and, in addition, teachers may call to schedule a time for a Rocky Mount employee to come to their school as part of their educational outreach program.


"The subject topic can be determined for the class and can range from an in-depth look at frontier medicine to family life in the 1700s, chores to toys, or the sheep-to-shawls program. In the winter months, when field trips are not always possible, Rocky Mount can bring the historical time period to the classroom," stated T.J. DeWitt, Education Director of Rocky Mount Museum.


Homeschool groups can also experience their own field day in September, as one day each year is designated for area homeschooled children to visit Rocky Mount.


Runners will also have an opportunity to visit Rocky Mount, as the Second Annual Overmountain Victory 15k will take place on Oct. 13th.


"The 15k run celebrates the return home of the patriots, DeWitt said.


On Oct. 20, the "Spirit of the Harvest" celebration - a popular family event - will take place.


Rocky Mount Museum is open to the public from March to mid-December. If you would like more information, please call 423-538-7396, visit the website at www.rockymountmuseum.com or "like" Rocky Mount Museum on Facebook.


 

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