Cool Things About Rocky Mount, NC

Check It Out
Here's one for the books: Braswell Memorial Library welcomes 350,000 visitors each year. The library serves the residents of Nash, Edgecombe and neighboring counties, with the main branch located on North Grace Street in Rocky Mount. Braswell has been in existence since 1923 and moved into its current building in 2002. That building has won a number of awards for its architectural design as well as the excellence of its programs. Those programs include Read and Grow Story Services, which helps improve literacy at daycare centers by providing them with free books.

Gaining Seniority
Rocky Mount Senior Center opened in 2006, in a former downtown YMCA building. The center is equipped with a swimming pool, library, craft room, billiards room, card room, computer lab, fitness room, dance studio and shuffleboard courts. There is also a 1/5-mile walking track in a small park across the street.
No membership for the center is required, but fees are charged for classes, trips, fitness room and use of the pool. The senior center is open to any Rocky Mount residents ages 55 and up.

Fame Is Not Fleeting
All hail, inductees. The Twin County Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor citizens of Edgecombe and Nash counties who have made lasting contributions to the community. The public nominates inductees each November and then a panel of long-time citizens and dignitaries chooses the final list.
The Hall is situated in a portion of the first floor at Rocky Mount Train Station, and to date nearly 40 inductees have been enshrined. Those already in the hall include educator Kanawha ZeBlon Chavis, nuclear physicist Harold Ray Denton, Big Band leader Kay Kyser, baseball great Buck Leonard, and former slave and state legislator Dred Wimberly.

Here's the Pitch
Tar River Orchestra & Chorus has been serenading audiences since 1986. Nowadays, the ensemble includes a professional orchestra, adult chorus, children's chorus, youth strings program, symphonic band and a swing band. It draws on the talent of musicians from nearby cities and towns as well as college students at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and East Carolina University in Greenville. The Tar River group is also committed to musical education, introducing schoolchildren to live orchestral music through a variety of outreach programs.

Need a Ride to New York?
Rocky Mount Train Station serves Amtrak customers bound for places as far away as Miami or New York City. The historic station building also houses the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce. The building was first constructed as a two-story brick Romanesque structure in 1893 by Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. A third story was added in 1916, and the entire building was modernized in the 1960s. More improvements to the train station were completed in the late 1990s.

Gatekeepers Work Camp
Older residents can benefit from a popular Rocky Mount summer youth program. Gatekeepers Work Camp, which encompasses youth groups from many local churches, sends a veritable army of young people into the community each summer for a week of charitable work. Along with skilled adults, these philanthropists-in-training go into areas in need to work on the homes of elderly residents, performing activities like painting, roofing, building porches and more.