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Imagine life 200 years ago.

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George Washington is President and has just appointed William Blount as governor of the Southwest Territory.

In this neck of the woods, daily life consists of cooking gingerbread and sausage muffins over an open fire, making soap and crafting candles. This is a life without telephones, television, or computers…this is life in 1791.

Times were definitely simpler in colonial America—but even today, it’s something you can see firsthand at Rocky Mount Museum and Living History Site in Piney Flats, Tennessee. Here, costumed guides will take you through the museum and grounds, giving a fascinating look at life during our nation’s infancy.

You’ll see what it was like to hand-shear sheep, then wash, spin, dye and weave the wool into the clothes that you and your family will wear. Or perhaps you’re the local blacksmith, casting pewter into various objects that your neighbors can use as tools. You’ll hear stories of colonial living, see antique treasures, stroll along the heirloom garden. Simply put, there’s no better place to get a feel for what life was like on America’s First Frontier.

So make plans to visit Rocky Mount. It’s a fascinating and remarkable stop along the Sunny Side Trail that you (and your family) will remember forever. Tours are given on demand Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm, and the last tour of the day begins at 4.

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