Rocky Mount State Historic Site

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Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount State Historic Site is located in Tennessee
Rocky Mount State Historic Site
Rocky Mount State Historic Site is located in the United States
Rocky Mount State Historic Site
Nearest cityPiney Flats, Tennessee
Coordinates36°24′21″N 82°20′12″W / 36.40583°N 82.33667°W / 36.40583; -82.33667Coordinates: 36°24′21″N 82°20′12″W / 36.40583°N 82.33667°W / 36.40583; -82.33667
Area10 acres (4.0 ha)
Architectural styleLog house
NRHP reference No.70000617[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 26, 1970

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.[2] 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[3] that recreates the year 1791, when William Blount was in residence as governor.[4] It is next to the DeVault-Massengill House.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Rocky Mount". The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-03-12.
  3. ^ History of Rocky Mount, The Cobb-Massengill House
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