Rocky Mount State Historic Site Museum


Rocky Mount Museum was the home of William Cobb during the muster of Overmountain Men at Sycamore Shoals. William Cobb, Sr. and four sons joined in the campaign to Kings Mountain. Later, when William Blount, governor of the Southwest Territory lived with the Cobb family for two years (1790-91), it became the first seat of government for the territory.

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Home of William Cobb at Rocky Mount

Photo by Randell Jones

Sitting atop a rocky mount of land near Piney Flats, Tennessee, the 1770s home of William Cobb is a principal part of the exhibits at the Rocky Mount State Historic Site Museum. [View Additional File Details]

Two of the historic cabins comprising the Cobb home.

Photo by Randell Jones

The Cobb home was a two-story log cabin built in 1770. He added several out-buildings over the years. [View Additional File Details]

Scenes from Rocky Mount

Photos by Randell Jones

Costumed living history interpreters explain the history of the William Cob family and demonstrate frontier life during the Revolutionary War era. [View Additional File Details]

Excerpt from "Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain" by Randell Jones

p. 386 As militiamen converged at Sycamore Shoals, they were provisioned by local planter William Cobb, owner of Rocky Mount. His son, Pharoah, provided many of them additional supplies from his farm at Sycamore Shoals. From the Patton powder mill along nearby Powder Branch, the militiamen received 500 pounds of gunpowder manufactured by Mary McKeehan Patton. Whether Mary Patton donated the powder to the Patriot cause or it was purchased from her by William Cobb is unknown. In either case, at a value of a dollar per pound (when a dollar would buy an acre of land), the quantity was a substantial contribution to the Patriot cause. Copyright 2011, Randell Jones Available at [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Rocky Mount State Historic Site Museum,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed January 20, 2020, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​34.​
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