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Christmas tours cast Rocky Mount in new light

Entertainment Staff • Dec 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Christmas brings with it the chance to see Rocky Mount Museum in a whole new light — candlelight, that is.

“A Candlelight Christmas” will continue Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 13 and 14 at the historic site in Piney Flats, where William Blount took up residence with the Cobb family in 1790 after being appointed Governor of the Southwest Territory by President George Washington.

Blount’s wife and children, who had stayed behind in North Carolina until the governor could get settled in, didn’t join him at Rocky Mount until just before Christmas in 1791.

That reunion is commemorated during Rocky Mount’s annual Christmas celebration. Tours, which last about an hour and a half, will begin at 4:30 p.m. each day and leave every 15 minutes from the auditorium in the visitors center, where groups will assemble for a short orientation. The last tour of the evening will depart at 8 p.m.

Each group will be guided by a traditionally dressed interpreter, who will introduce Christmas customs common in the late 18th century.

Re-enactors portraying Cobb and his family will welcome guests into their home and regale them with the music, stories and traditions of 1791.

The tour will end with a reception featuring music and modern Christmas treats.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 and older. Groups of 12 or more who make reservations will receive a discount as will Rocky Mount members.

Reservations for all visitors are strongly encouraged, although walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows.

Rocky Mount — a State of Tennessee Historic Site administered cooperatively with the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Rocky Mount Historical Association — is a “living history” museum, which uses first-person interpretation to portray people living in 1791. It’s open for tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Living history tours and the facility are available by reservation at any time, including Sundays and Mondays, for school and other groups with advance reservations.

For reservations or more information, call the museum at (423) 538-7396 or visit www.rockymountmuseum.com.

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