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Rocky Mount hosting annual 'Candlelight Christmas' tour

Jeff Bobo • Nov 28, 2016 at 10:43 AM

PINEY FLATS — Rocky Mount in Piney Flats will host its annual Candlelight Christmas Tour will be the first two Fridays and Saturday of December, on Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10.

The property will be closed until 4 p.m. on each of those days, and will not offer regular tours.

Tours will begin at 4:30 p.m. each of those days, with new tours leaving about every 15 minutes. The last tour goes out at 8 p.m.

The tour includes a candlelight walk through the Cobb home led by family members. The house is filled with handmade period decorations, taking visitors back to a simpler time.

There will also be music, singing and dancing, and storytelling about Christmas traditions from 1791.

The Southwest Territory governor will be in attendance. Someone in the kitchen will be cooking period treats. While Rocky Mount can’t officially offer treats to visitors, no one has ever been prosecuted for stealing treats.

Tours last about an hour and a half.

There is also a reception at the end of the tour with hot drinks and cookies.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 5 and older, and children under 5 are free.

Rocky Mount, 200 Hyder Hill Rd, Piney Flats — also known as the Cobb-Massengill House — opened in 1770 and was the first territorial capital of the Southwest Territory. For more information call (423) 538-7396.                                                                             

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