PINEY FLATS, TN – March 15, 2019 – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Rocky Mount Historical Association will present “Mary Patton – Colonial Patriot,” a first-person presentation by Lisa Bennett at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Rocky Mount State Historic Site Massengill Museum.
Mary Patton first began manufacturing gunpowder with her husband, John, in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in the mid-18th century. Eventually, this entrepreneurial couple moved to what is now Northeast Tennessee and opened a new powder mill on Powder Branch in Carter County, Tennessee. Patton manufactured over 500 pounds of gunpowder for the Overmountain Men as they passed through this area on their way to victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain in October 1780.
The presentation is free and open to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Rocky Mount State Historic Site is located at 200 Hyder Hill Road, Piney Flats – just off Highway 11-E, midway between Johnson City and Piney Flats. It is one of the oldest farms in Tennessee (1775-1958) and was the first capital of the Southwest Territory from 1790 to 1792, the predecessor of the state of Tennessee. The historic site is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment.
For more information, call 423-538-7396 or visit www.rockymountmuseum.com.
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