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  • Writer's pictureBrian Childress

Rocky Mount State Historical Site - Tennessee

Rocky Mount, in Piney Flats, Tennessee, also known as the Cobb-Massengill House, was the first territorial capital of the Southwest Territory.

The property of William Cobb, the original residence at Rocky Mount served as the territorial capital from 1790 to 1792. Dendroarchaeological investigations at the site by the University of Tennessee revealed that the present dwelling dates to the late 1820s.

The property is owned by the State of Tennessee and has been operated by the Rocky Mount Historical Association, a non-profit organization in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Commission, since 1962. The property is a living museum that recreates the year 1791, when American Founding Father William Blount was in residence as governor. It is next to the DeVault-Massengill House.

Conversations/Things we learned:

This is an often overlooked location tucked in the tri-city are of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City Tennesse. The museum rivals those operated by the national park service and the surrounding home and buildings take you back to the late 1700s when America was founded and explored. This is a great place to visit if you are in the area.

Contact Information:

Piney Flats, Tennessee 37686

Phone: (423) 538-7396




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Cobb-Massengill House

& Other Historical Buildings

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