The City of Rocky Mount currently has a total of seven historic districts listed on the National Register:

  • Central City (Downtown) Historic District
  • Edgemont (Tarboro/Sycamore) Historic District
  • Falls Road Historic District
  • Lincoln Park Historic District
  • Rocky Mount Mills Village Historic District
  • Villa Place (Machaven) Historic District
  • West Haven Historic District

For more information on the Historic Preservation Commission and Historic Preservation in Rocky Mount visit:

Which historic neighborhood developed near Rocky Mount’s first hospital?

Falls Road - because many doctors wanted to live near their place of work

Which historic neighborhood was largely connected to the Rail Road Industry?

Villa Place Neighborhood

Which neighborhood was started with cars in mind?

Beal Street with the back alleys designed around cars.

Who was the first President of PRM?

Jean Bailey

Who was the first Chairman of Historic Preservation Commission?

Peggy Perry

In 1997 Rocky Mount was the largest city in North Carolina that did not have a historic commission.

Peggy Perry and Vel Johnson helped form PRM a grassroots nonprofit organization to designate historic preservation in our city. A $16,000 state grant was secured to help with the designation of historic districts. PRM volunteers had Rocky Mount City Council and Chamber support but no local money. In 1997 PRM won approval from City Council to appoint an interim historic commission. 5 neighborhood associations formed each so diverse and historically significant to our city’s history. They were Beal Street, Falls Road, Villa Place (Machaven), Tarboro/Sycamore (Edgemont), and West Haven neighborhood. On November 12, 1999 Edgemont along with Villa Place and Falls Road Historic Districts were formally listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

State Budget Restores Historic Tax Credits

In 2015 North Carolina’s Lawmakers let the state’s historic preservation tax credit expire. These tax credits helped restore many historic projects in Rocky Mount and have been very important in the revival of countless downtowns across the state. PRM voiced their disappointment to the Governor that they were allowed to expire. Fortunately our voice, along with many others, was heard and the recent state budget has reinstated historic tax credits! Thank you PRM for supporting the credits for future generations in our beautiful state!

For more information visit North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office website: