Rocky Mount in Nash County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 1956 by North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources. (Marker Number E-61.)
Location. 35° 58.454′ N, 77° 48.014′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Nash County. Marker is at the intersection of N Wesleyan Blvd. (Bypass U.S. 301) and Airport Road, on the right when traveling north on N Wesleyan Blvd.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27804, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Falls of the Tar Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Post Office of Rocky Mount (approx. 0.8 miles away); "The Bethel Heroes" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Donaldson's Tavern (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lafayette (approx. 0.9 miles away); Falls Road Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rocky Mount Mills (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rocky Mount Mills School (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Mount.
Regarding P.T. Barnum. In November 1836, P.T. Barnum dazzled the people of Rocky Mount
the words of a sermon, not with the performance troupe
that the “World’s Greatest Showman” captivated his audience. Barnum had recently separated from his associate Aaron Turner’s act which had been touring in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. To form his own circus troupe he took with him Signor Vivalli, an Italian juggler and tight ropewalker, James Sanford, a black singer and dancer, several musicians, horses, wagons, and a small canvas tent. Their first stop together was in Nash County. Barnum stayed the night of November 12 at Rocky Mount Fall’s Stage Coach Inn. In his autobiography, Barnum wrote that, the next morning, he accompanied the landlord to the Baptist church. Before entering the church, Barnum noticed a grove with a stand and benches. Desiring to speak to the congregation, Barnum was permitted by the preacher to announce that he would speak for a half an hour after the service. Approximately 300 people stayed to listen to Barnum preach. About the sermon he delivered Barnum wrote, “I told them I was not a preacher and had very little experience in public speaking; but I felt a deep interest in matters of morality and religion and would attempt, in a plain way, to set before them the duties and privileges of man.”
Barnum and his traveling show performed together until June 1838
things. In 1841, he purchased Scudder’s American Museum on Broadway in New York City. The museum, which showcased all sorts of oddities and curiosities, led to Barnum’s fortune. In 1881, he combined his P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus with James Bailey and James Hutchinson, resulting in "P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, and the Great London Circus, Sanger's Royal British Menagerie and The Grand International Allied Shows United." In 1888, the "Barnum & Bailey Greatest
Show on Earth" first toured America. Among Barnum’s most famous acts over the years were the midget General Tom Thumb; Jenny Lind, the “Swedish Nightingale” soprano; and the Siamese twins, Eng and Chang. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History)
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Website: http://www.ringling.com/explore/history/ptbarnum_1.aspx
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 406 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 23, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 5. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.