Circa 1830, Bennett Bunn, the builder of Stonewall Manor, was a wealthy plantation owner and businessman. In addition to his large holdings in Nash and Edgecombe counties, he owned many of the buildings in the little village at the Great Falls of the Tar River- which at the time had become known as Rocky Mount. Serving all of what was then Rocky Mount, the ledger from Big Falls remains inside Stonewall Manor and can be viewed today in its original form.
With cotton as one of the main crops on Stonewalls plantation, Bunn also had direct dealings with Battle & Company (Rocky Mount Mills), one of the first cotton mills in the South. His property bordered the mill. Along with these business dealings, Bunn also owned stock in the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad; a railroad crossing much of Bunn’s land immediately north of the Tar River and connecting Rocky Mount with Weldon, NC, with the tracks pointed towards Virginia and the industrial north.
Those interested in arranging a private tour outside of regularly scheduled tour hours, please call 252-903-2155. Private tours must consist of no less than 15 people. Tour admission is $5.00 per person.
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