Public invited to celebrate Christmas at Rocky Mount

Published 10:36 am Monday, December 4, 2023

The public is invited to embark on a unique and enchanting journey this holiday season at the Rocky Mount State Historic Site in Piney Flats. The Candlelight Christmas Tours offer a rare opportunity to step back into the world of 1791, a year that marked a defining moment in Tennessee’s history. As the evening descends, the historic Cobb House, adorned in traditional 18th-century holiday decor, becomes a portal to the past, illuminated by the soft, warm glow of candlelight.
The tours are designed to fully immerse you in the lifestyle and traditions of Tennessee’s first frontier families. As visitors wander through the candlelit rooms of the Cobb House, they’ll be transported to a time when Tennessee was on the cusp of statehood, and the Southwest Territory was abuzz with political and social activity.
Visitors will experience firsthand how Christmas was celebrated over two centuries ago. The decorations, the ambiance, and even the scents of the era are recreated to offer a truly authentic experience. Discover the Christmas traditions that Governor William Blount, his family, and the residents of Rocky Mount cherished during this festive season.
Each room in the Cobb House tells a different story, reflecting the customs and daily life of the late 18th century. From the grandeur of the main hall, set for a festive feast, to the more intimate family quarters, every aspect of the tour is carefully curated to provide a deep understanding of the era.
After the tour, visitors can extend their historical adventure in the Christmas Village, located within the auditorium. This festive gathering spot offers a blend of modern holiday cheer and historical charm, where you can enjoy local crafts, tasty snacks, and memorable moments with Santa Claus.
Tickets must be purchased in advance on our website or by phone in order to attend. The Candlelight Christmas Tours will take place Dec. 8 and 9 of December. Adults are $15, while children and seniors are $12. Rocky Mount provides discounts for groups of ten or more, as well as Rocky Mount Historical Association members.
Rocky Mount is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Rocky Mount Historical Association operates the site under a contract with the Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information, please call 423-538-7396 or email rockymountmuseum@gmail.com. The Rocky Mount State Historic Site is located at 200 Hyder Hill Road in Piney Flats, just off Highway 11-E, midway between Johnson City and Piney Flats.

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