Rocky Mount Mills

Division Profile


RMM_Open_Illustration-01We’re Not Your Run-of-the-Mill, Mill

As this beautiful historic sight returns to life as a dynamic mixed-use campus, we’re tapping a long history of hard work and success. Sure, a lot has changed in the mills’ 200 year history, but creativity and industriousness are a constant here.

Home to one-of-a-kind office space and residences, a brewery incubator and a 7-acre island in the middle of the Tar River,  Rocky Mount Mills offers a unique opportunity to do something different, build something better, hone your craft, and have a great time!


Established in 1818, Rocky Mount Mills is widely believed to be the second oldest cotton mill in North Carolina. A rocky outcropping of the Tar River helped to form falls, making the site an ideal location for a grist, saw, and cotton mill. The town of Rocky Mount, named after this location, would soon take shape one mile to the south.

Rocky Mount MillsThe Mill complex was built over time on approximately 20 acres south of the Tar River. The cotton mill proved to be the most lucrative of the endeavors and remained in operation until 1996.

As the cotton mill grew and operations became more specific, many large additions were added to the complex. The current development is comprised of buildings from antebellum, postwar, and twentieth century eras, and is bounded by the Tar River to the North, Falls Road to the West, and Elm Street to the South on the way downtown.

The campus also includes the Village at Rocky Mount Mills, originally developed decades ago for workers at the site, now lovingly restored with modern amenities. The single family homes host a wide range of neighbors, from those who walk to work at the mill to doctors at nearby UNC Nash Health Care – Nash General Hospital.


Scott Roberts“Capitol Broadcasting Company is revitalizing Rocky Mount Mills with a vision developed in cooperation of many leaders in both the public and private sectors. There are challenges both similar and unique to any historical renovation project, but creative, innovative thinking is always constant.

“Returning a historic site to vibrancy by bringing in new ideas and energy is among the most satisfying experiences of my career. I’m confident you’ll feel just as enthusiastic when you visit Rocky Mount Mills.”
– Scott Roberts, General Manager, Rocky Mount Mills,, (919) 215-5242