Owned by William Cobb, the original residence at Rocky Mount served as the first territorial capital of the Southwest Territory (which would become the state of Tennessee in 1796) from 1790 to 1792. Daniel Boone, John Sevier, Governor William Blount and Richard Henderson, who negotiated the Transylvania Purchase, were just a few of the famous people who visited Rocky Mount.

Also known as the Cobb-Massengill House, Rocky Mount, located in tiny Piney Flats, today is a living museum that recreates the year 1791 when Blount was in residence as the governor and features regional historical artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Costumed interpreters, who portray Cobb family members, neighbors and servants, take visitors through the log home of Rocky Mount, as well as several other buildings on the property, all the while mimicking the farming techniques and social manners of that time.

Rocky Mount opened to the public in 1962 and has undergone several renovations over the years, adding a visitor center, museum store and, in 1990, a 175-seat auditorium, library and classrooms.

Considered a “time machine” of sorts, today this historical landmark gives visitors a first-hand look at life on America’s First Frontier.

ROCKY MOUNT MUSEUM

PINEY FLATS, TN
200 Hyder Hill Road, Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 538-7396

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