Rocky Mount, North Carolina Homes for Sale

City Lake in Rocky Mount, North Carolina was first constructed as a Works Progress Administration project under FDR's administration in 1937
City Lake in Rocky Mount, NC
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With a nickname like “Rock City,” you’d expect there to be some prominent rock formations in Rocky Mount, NC, and you’d be correct. The town, with a population approaching 60,000 residents, is named for the mound located at the Great Falls of the Tar River. Founded around 1816 with the establishment of the first post office, the city grew up around the river.

Rocky Mount Mills, one of the first cotton mills in North Carolina, began production in its riverside location in 1818, but the town remained a quiet spot on the map even after the Wilmington-Weldon Railroad was built in 1845. The Raleigh-Tarboro stage route passed just outside Rocky Mount, which became a debarking point for railroad travelers proceeding east or west along the state’s coastal plain.

"Rocky Mount won the distinction of being named an All-America City in 1970 and again in 1999. These were building years for the town; major projects included a new post office, completion of Nash General Hospital, a new water plant, the regional airport and a new campus for Nash Community College."

Although formally incorporated in 1867, by the end of the 19th century, the town’s population remained at only about 3,000. The railroad and the tobacco industry contributed to its growth in the 20th century. Then, as personal travel by rail gave way to automobiles, the town benefited from the development of three major highways that intersect in Rocky Mount: the east-west freeway U.S. Route 64, the north-south thoroughfare U.S. Route 301 and Interstate 95.

Rail travel to and through Rocky Mount is now served by Amtrak, and the train station is centrally located downtown on Main Street. Just 6.5 miles outside of town, Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport provides regional air service, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport is only 45 minutes away. Rocky Mount won the distinction of being named an All-America City in 1970 and again in 1999. These were building years for the town; major projects included a new post office, completion of Nash General Hospital, a new water plant, the regional airport and a new campus for Nash Community College.

Residents of Rocky Mount can take advantage of many educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. The city operates the Arts Center, the Children’s Museum & Science Center and a community theater, all at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences. The Braswell Memorial Library is supported by the town and the two surrounding counties, while the Historic Mill Village, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has preserved a way of life that ended when the cotton mill closed.

City Lake, constructed in the late 1930s as a project of the federal Works Progress Administration and now a central feature of the town, is a popular spot for walkers. There are also numerous parks, walking and biking trails, and, along the Tar River, a 20-mile canoe/kayaking paddle trail. The Tar River Reservoir is a popular boating venue.

Rocky Mount is the principal city in Edgecombe and Nash counties, which had a combined population of 152,032 in 2010. The metropolitan area population was around 57,000 in 2008.

Located less than an hour’s drive from the state capital in Raleigh, the town of Rocky Mount offers modern living while retaining its Southern charm. For more information about Rocky Mount, visit www.rockymountnc.gov.

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