10 Things You Might Not Know About Rocky Mount, North Carolina

  1. The Name Rocky Mount


    first appeared in documented history in 1816. It was a derivation of the nickname, Rocky Mound, derived from the Rocky Mound at the falls of the Tar River. This is also the site of one of the first cotton mills in North Carolina.

  2. Rocky Mount is roughly halfway between New York and Miami off of I-95.
  3. Rocky Mount, NC 

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spoke at Booker T. Washington High School in Rocky Mount

    In 1962, Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed a crowd of nearly 2,000 people in the gymnasium at Booker T. Washington High School. King used a number of expressions that made their way into his landmark “I Have a Dream” address at the Lincoln Memorial.
  5. Rocky Mount race relations 

  6. An Actor on The Cosby Show was Born in Rocky Mount

    Earle Hyman, who played Russell Huxtable on The Cosby Show, was born in Rocky Mount. Hyman is a distinguished African American actor with a 46-year-long career on Broadway. He was only eleven years older than Bill Cosby, despite playing Cosby’s television father.
  7. Famous Entertainers from Rocky Mount

    Entertainment Tonight host, Terrance J., went to school in Rocky Mount and worked at Soul 92 Jams.
  8. Historic RM Places

    Rocky Mount Mills is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a local landmark for residents and tourists alike.
  9. Buck Leonard, Baseball Player, from Rocky Mt.

    Buck Leonard, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was born in Rocky Mount. Leonard played with the Homestead Grays of Negro Baseball League, where he earned a reputation as the "Black Lou Gehrig."
  10. Buck Leonard and Rocky Mount 

  11. Fire Museum in Station Built in 1024

    Fire Station No. 2 was built in 1924; this historical building now houses the Fire Museum and serves as the Life Safety & Emergency Management Complex for the City of Rocky Mount Fire Department.
  12. The Tar River walking and biking trail runs 3.9 miles along the Tar River.
  13. Apple Brandy, A Nash County Specialty

    Nash County was once famous for its apple brandy. In 1840, a train of cars en route to Wilmington stopped in Rocky Mount for the first time ever to import some "Old Nash" for special toasts at opening festivities.

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