The first inhabitants of this area were aboriginal hunters, who discovered the “Rocky Mound.” Next came the Tuscarora Indians who fought with the aboriginal hunters for the land, fish and game that was so prominent in the region. White settlers began colonization in the late 17th century. Nash County was later formed in 1777 and derived its name from General Francis Nash, a war hero. The first time that the term "Rocky Mount" was used, was in 1816 in order to provide a name for the area's first post office.
Today, Rocky Mount is a thriving arts community that sits in Edgecombe and Nash counties along the coastal plains of North Carolina. Only 45 minutes away from North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh, Rocky Mount is a primary city within the Rocky Mount, North Carolina area, which incorporates all of Edgecombe and Nash counties.