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Moving along with our series, we will look at the next three 2019 Home Design Trends on the Rise. In our first post (see here), we saw two of the four trends listed relating to the bathroom. This is a continuing “trend” in this three-part series.

Softer colors in the kitchen, such as the green in this photo have been an often desired option among design trends.

The “Softer” Side of the Kitchen Seeing a Rise in Popularity in 2019 Home Design Trends

The number six entry on the list of 2019 Home Design Trends on the rise is the increase in more soft colors in the kitchen. Whether a soft gray on the cabinets with a soft satin-brass for the fixtures. Or a two-toned lighter blue paired with a similarly light gray, the possibilities seem endless with the one constant, the softness of color.

Houzz editorial staff member, Mitchell Parker echoes that sentiment, explaining in his article on 2019 Home Design Trends. “If there’s one word that describes the palette of many popular kitchens lately,” Parker declares,  “it’s “soft.” 

Our remaining two 2018 Home Design Trends are both features that have found their way into many new bathrooms. First, number five on the list of 2019 Home Design Trends don’t take us “in the tub,” but rather to the area around it.

Tiled bathtub aprons or “tile around the tub” has seen an increase in popularity in the past year.

Tile Around the Tub, an Affordable Way to Add Texture with 2019 Home Design Trends

This trend that is seeing more and more popularity throughout the current year is Tiled Bathtub Aprons. The reasonable pricing is a bonus, making this trend see a fast climb up the list.

Parker will discuss the rise of popularity and this  trend making the “Top 5.”  “Tile is a great, affordable material that adds design points to a bathroom, and ordering a few extra square feet of tile likely won’t sink the budget.” He added, “The amount of tile needed to cover this minimal surface area isn’t much, but the payoff is big.” The Houzz blogger concludes, “That’s why many homeowners and designers are choosing to wrap the tub apron in tile or another material.

Many new home owners in 2019 have sought an extra “place to relax in the bathroom” or additional seating.

An Extra Seat is “Neat” for Extra Relaxation in the Bathroom.

In the Houzz.com article on 2019 Home Design Trends, Parker refers to the recollection of designer Kristine Tyler when discussing the number four trend on the list. The trend is the addition of some type of seating in the bathroom that is not the toilet. 

In referring to Ms. Tyler’s opinion on this upward trend, it is worth noting that she felt strongly enough about the addition of the extra seating that her company has designed one option for extra bathroom seating. This would be a “bench, that runs from an armoire into the shower stall in the bathroom,” as pictured. Adding his own two cents on this inclusion to the 2019 Home Design Trends, Parkers explains the allure of the “extra seat.”

“Whether for brushing teeth, taking off house slippers or just idling away on the internet before work,” he says. “Almost every homeowner could benefit from having a place to relax in the bathroom.”

In our final installment of the 2019 Home Design Trends, next posting, we will visit the top 3 most popular trends from the Houzz listing. These trends and any other you would like a part of your new home can be discussed with our builders. For more information on the new homes available from America’s favorite builder, D.R. Horton, at Belmont Lake Preserve visit belmontlakepreserve.com.

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Downtown Rocky Mount will become a literal testing ground for more tastes than one can imagine on Saturday, October 26. Starting at 4:00 p.m., the city’s Community and Business Dev elopement Department will introduce the first ever Rocky Mount Food Truck Invasion.

This “tasty” first time event will be downtown at Northeast Main Street between Thomas and Goldleaf Station. The inaugural Downtown Rocky Mount Food Truck Invasion, will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 from 4-9 p.m. This rain or shine event is sponsored by the city of Rocky Mount’s Community and Business Development Department.

There will be over 20 food trucks on hand at the first ever Rocky Mount Food Truck Invasion.

Delicious and “Tasteful” Variety at Rocky Mount Food Truck Invasion

 This community-focused event will delight foodies and those who crave downtown festivities. With an anticipated 20+ food trucks in attendance, event-goers will taste cuisine from a variety of food vendors. There will be opportunities to support artisans who will have lots of amazing handcrafted items for sale.

Refreshing Suds and a Hall of Famer on the “Beats”

An on-site beer garden, featuring local craft beer vendors from the city, will be serving up delicious brews. The event will even boast Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, DJ Terminator X. 

The Rocky Mount Event Center serves as the perfect backdrop for the Downtown Rocky Mount Food Truck Invasion, as it is also celebrating its one-year anniversary. 

It is expected that local breweries from Rocky Mount Mills, such as Hopfly Brewing will be on hand at the Beer Garden as well on October 26.

Kids Celebrate One Year of the Events Centerat Rocky Mount Food Truck Invasion

This family-friendly event will have lots of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages. There will be face painting, henna tattoos, a coloring station, a balloon artist and open play in the game room. The Event Center will also house a “nursing nook” for breastfeeding moms. 

All activities are free and will be located inside the Rocky Mount Event Center.

Space is still available for additional food trucks and vendors to participate.

Those interested in participating should contact event organizers Burt + Brewington Creative Agency at burtandbrewington.com, visit www.thefoodtruckinvasion.com, call 919-244-1435 or email events@burtandbrewington.com 

The city of Rocky Mount hopes this event will be successful in creating an unforgettable experience for those who attend and the community at large.

Visit www.rockymountnc.gov for more information about the city and its continued efforts to support and revitalize downtown Rocky Mount.

For more information on the Rocky Mount Event Center, an indoor sports and event facility located in downtown Rocky Mount, visit rockymountevents.com.


The biggest and tastiest Downtown Rocky Mount event on the calendar returns on October 11-12. There, for the 12thconsecutive year, the best in the BBQ game face off in the  Eastern Carolina BBQ Showdown. Emanating from the Helen P. Gay Historic Train Station, the professional cooking competition brings “Cookers and smokers” from across the country to try and lay claim to be the best.

Pictured are an example off the trophies for the Eastern NC BBQ Throwdown

COOKIN’ for…4 Official Categories,  30-Plus Awards but the True Winner are the Downtown Rocky Mount Judges…YOU !!!

The annual BBQ Throwdown event is a professional cooking competition set inside a weekend of fun for those of all “tastes.” Over 50 opportunities to win some type of award and a total of $20,000 cash prize money will be given out at the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event. The “BBQ Throwdown” cooking competition will take place in Downtown Rocky Mount throughout the day on Saturday, October 12. (See below for full schedule of events)

Four categories are required for those wanting to qualify for the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown “Grand Championship.” These include, chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket. Other awards to be given out include Reserved Grand Champion, in addition to cash awards, trophies, and plaques for those placing in first through tenth place in each category. The true winner though at the Downtown Rocky Mount event would be those partaking in the taste testing for the “People’s Choice” award, as they get to sample the delicious meats from contestants.

The popular country duo, “Smithfield” will play at the BBQ Throwdown “Kick Off” on Friday night.

STRUMMIN’ for the Downtown Rocky Mount “Kick-Off” Concert and the BBQ Stage All Weekend Long

In addition to the air being filled with delicious tastes and smells it will also be filled with tasty sounds on the BBQ Stage at Train Station Common. The live music begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night, October 11 with the “Kick Off”  concert, featuring the popular country duo “Smithfield.”

The “strummin’” at the Downtown Rocky Mount BBQ Stage will continue throughout the days’ events on Saturday as well with a full slate of performers beginning at 11:30 am and running through until 5:00 pm when the BBQ Awards Ceremony begins.

BBQ Stage Performers Lineup 

Saturday, October 12

  • 11:30- 1:00 p.m.- Bill Lyerly Band
  • 1:45- 3:00 p.m.- The Conspiracy Band
  • 3:30 p.m.- Hogs and Hot Rods Awards
  • 3:45- 5:00 p.m.- Rhythm Express Band
  • 5:00 p.m.- BBQ Award Ceremony

CRUISIN’ for a Great Cause at the Downtown Rocky Mount Hogs and Hot Rods Cruise-In

“Hogs and Hot Rods” is a car show that will take place during the BBQ Throwdown on Saturday. Proceeds from the event will to the Nash County Special Olympics.

As if the great food and the sweet sounds filling Downtown Rocky Mount aren’t enough, Saturday, October 12 will also see the baddest and best motorcycles and classic cars on display for the “Hogs and Hot Rods Cruise-In.”

Registration runs for this Downtown Rocky Mount event from 10:45 until 11:30 a.m. Proceeds from this event go to the Nash County Special Olympics. The voting on the entered vehicles will be from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The official City of Rocky Mount website gives their description of the car show. “Competitors can cruise downtown for the opportunity to win the coolest car show trophy around and support their local community.”

12th Annual Downtown Rocky Mount Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown Schedule of Events

Friday, October 11

  • 5:00- 8:00 p.m.- Beer Garden, Food Vendors, Kids Zone
  • 6:00- 7:30 p.m.- BBQ Throwdown “Kick Off Concert” with Smithfield

Saturday, October 12

  • 10:45-11:30 a.m.- Hogs and Hot Rods Cruise-In registration
  • 11:30- 1:00 p.m.- Live Music at BBQ Stage (see schedule of performers above)
  • 11:30- 3:00 p.m- .Hogs and Hot Rods Cruise-In voting
  • 1:00 p.m.- BBQ Bucks (for tasting/judging) Go on Sale
  • 1:30- 3:30 p.m.- People’s Choice voting and samples

When a respected name in real estate has a “Must-see,” Top 10 List, People Listen. Whether a realtor, Designer or Buyer, knowing the latest trends is a good thing. The source we speak of are the experts in home design at Houzz. Consequently, we will look at a Top 10 from houzz on Home Design Trends on the Rise.

“Painting the interior of the front door creates a striking feature,” according to “home design journalist,” Mitchell Parker

“Open and Shut the Front Door” to Countdown our Home Design Trends on the Rise 

The above “play on words” aside, we start this first post counting down from number 10 on Houzz’s list. That being said, their tenth Home Design Trend on the Rise is painted interior front doors. Houzz’s “home design journalist,” Mitchell Parker compiled the listing of Home Design Trends on the Rise and spoke about the painted interior doors.

“Everyone knows that a painted exterior front door offers great curb appeal and a stylish first impression for guests.” Parker added, “But you shouldn’t forget about viewing the front door from inside your home, or about the experience of walking out through the front door.”

“Painting the interior of the front door creates a striking feature,” Parker concludes. “So, it’s no surprise that entryways with interior painted front doors are in many of the most popular entryway photos uploaded to Houzz.”

Home Design Trends on the Rise: “It’s a Wrap…in the Powder Room.”

Historically a room which designers and decorators have expressed a bolder style the powder room is the focus of the number nine entry on the Home Design Trends on the Rise. In describing this entry more specifically, Parker referred to these as ‘fully wrapped powder rooms.’

“Going for bold style in a powder room is nothing new,” Parker begins his explanation. “Designers tend to like to go a little wild in these small spaces often used by guests.” He concludes, “One way to go big or go home is by wrapping the entire powder room in a feature wallpaper or other material.”

Separating Dark and Light Clothing is No Longer the Only Color in Laundry Rooms

Parker explained the number eight trend, “Designers have long championed making laundry rooms enjoyable spaces to be in. After all, if you’re going to do a tedious chore, you might as well be in a pleasant atmosphere.” 

“But lately designers and homeowners seem to be taking that idea even further,” Parker adds enthusiastically. “They’re introducing energizing colors, patterns and features to transform these spaces into enjoyable rooms, making them lively, cheerful and a bit quirky.”

“Fully wrapped powder rooms” have become a very popular trend among new home owners.

“Floating” towards the Number Seven Home Design Trend

Continuing through the Top 10 Home Design Trends on the Rise, the next ‘statement’ in design takes us into the bathroom. In a two-fold trend, the inclusion of ‘Double Floating Vanities’ brings a spacious look and also makes for less work on the cleaning end.

“Many of the bathrooms featured in the most popular bathroom photos uploaded to Houzz include double floating vanities.” Parker adds his own opinion, saying, “…and it’s easy to see why.” He continues, “Floating a vanity frees up floor space to give the appearance of more room and makes cleaning the floor easier than with a furniture-style vanity with legs that can trap dust.”

10 through 7 becomes 6, 5, and 4 when the Countdown Continues

In our next posting of this three-part series on Home Design Trends on the Rise we will detail two more trends gaining popularity in the bathroom. Likewise, we will head into the kitchen to “cook up” one of our three Home Design Trends on the Rise. 

These trends can be discussed if looking to build with the skilled team from DR Horton here at Belmont Lake Preserve. You can also discuss the trend with a custom builder of your choosing. With the incredible on-site amenities, fantastic location, and lots to build on or move-in-ready homes available, your “Lifestyle Redefined” at Belmont Lake Preserve awaits. For more details visit belmontlakepreserve.com

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The city of Rocky Mount has been seeing an undeniable influx of business and economic growth in recent years. As a result, there are more jobs and a better household income in the city. This led to Rocky Mount’s inclusion in the annual movoto.com 2017 rankings of the Most Affordable Places in NC. The climb up those ranking would continue in 2018. Likewise, on the listing for 2019, Rocky Mount’s climb continues as the city has cracked the top 25 statewide.

The experts at Movoto explain at their official website exactly how they determine the Most Affordable Places in NC. Gathering data on any municipality across the state, they look at six categories in the analysis.

The affordability of miscellaneous costs including entertainment and restaurants weighs into the ranking for Rocky Mount. Pictured is a delicious seafood dish from Lou Reda’s

What Places Rocky Mount Among the Most Affordable Places in NC?

The reasoning for Inclusion in the annual Movoto rankings differs from town to town and city to city. In the case of Rocky Mount, there is a strong increase in ranking two years in a row. This is attributed in part to two specific areas that the city scored very highly in.

The highest-ranking in the six categories achieved by Rocky Mount was “miscellaneous costs.” This includes the affordability of entertainment, restaurants, clothing, and necessary repairs. Rocky Mount moved into the top 10 statewide in this category.

Likewise, the city-wide affordability of housing costs is the second area that weighed heavily in Rocky Mount’s continued improvement. The relatively inexpensive new homes in Rocky Mount like the ones at Belmont Lake Preserve are a great example of this. This was another area among the Most Affordable Places in NC that the city nearly jumped into the top ten. It ranks 13th overall for 2019 in housing costs.

The influx of new business to Rocky Mount, such as the Triangle Tire plant currently in construction has aided in the city’s economic growth.

All Areas on an Incline for Rocky Mount

Despite miscellaneous and housing costs being the two highest areas of rank for Rocky Mount, there are positives from each area analyzed. Median household income saw a near 5 percent growth citywide in the past year. Likewise, there was an over 7 percent increase in employment in Rocky Mount, too.

Improvements in All Areas of Affordability

The other areas playing into the 2019 Most Affordable Places in NC rankings are also seeing improvement. while the utility costs and food costs have still not climbed up the listings as quickly as other areas, they are still improving.

Both of these areas saw costs lessen in each of the last two years, and if trends continue as they appear to be on pace for a third straight year of lower costs.

To see the final results including a listing of all municipalities included in this year’s Top 50 Most Affordable Places in NC, visit movoto.com.

As the calendar nears one year since opening, the Rocky Mount Events Center must be viewed as a big success. The facility has hosted sporting events, concerts and gatherings. However, thi is just a part of the facility’s allure. Inside the Events Center, is the Game Day Adventure and Arcade. This offers families a fun and affordable spot to enjoy Rocky Mount Childrens Activities on a weekly basis.

There is something for the children of any age and adventurous status at “Game Day”

Rocky Mount Childrens Activities: Rain or Shine, Younger and Older

The game Day Adventure and Arcade features a little something for the daring or more conventional game players. “Game Day has something for everyone and all ages,” the website reads. “Featuring state-of-the-art video arcade as well as Ballocity soft play arena for the little ones.”

The description of the state-of-the-art facility and its Rocky Mount Childrens Activities continues on. “There is also a Sky Trail Aerial Ropes Course and several unique fun wall-climbing elements that offer both adventure and challenge for everyone ages 4 and up.”

Safety First in “Climbing Area” but Fun is a given

Of course, the Rocky Mount Children’s Activities include your classic stand up arcade games that even the parents will love to play. However, what sets the Game Day Adventure and Arcade apart from the norm is what would be the “adventure” part of the facility. Again referring to the official website, this area is dubbed “an indoor aerial adventure.” It includes such thrilling climbing and obstacle activities as the indoor rope challenge. 

The rope challenge is described at the site as well in detail as follows. “A test of strength, stamina, balance, and most importantly, fun.” It goes on to assure those attempting to tackle the climbing area that qualified and trained staff are on hand to brief those on proper safety and methods. Likewise, they will be on hand to watch as the challenge is attempted.

The “classic” arcade game area will have even the parents wanting in on the fun.

As Daring as You Like and Still Safe with Rock Mount Childrens Activities

For those in need of some more assurance that their youngsters are safe , they detail the use of their safety devices for all climbing and obstacle activities. It first explains that the themed climbing area features obstacles of all shapes, sizes, and heights, allowing you and the youngsters to be as daring as you’d like in this area.

Following this, the safety devices have an explanation. “Utilizing the special TRUEBLUE devices to clip all climbers in and assure their 100 percent safety, this is one part of the arcade you will not want to miss. For the smaller children, the Ballocity area “is a great option for kids and families to have fun in a safe environment. “ It concludes this passage on safety once again making sure parents know their kids will be safe. “All of the equipment is designed for safety, made with high-quality material that can withstand rigorous use, and with bright colors to engage small children.”

The youngsters are sure to love the “Ballocity” area, where any safety and fun is assured.

Summer Over? No Problem…Back to School Hours Now Up for Rocky Mount Childrens Events

Sure, the kids are wishing for a longer summer vacation. However, at Game Day Adventure and Arcade, the fun continues on weekends  all year round. The facility has released its hours of operation for the Fall and throughout the school year. They are listed below.

Game Day Adventure and Arcade at Rocky Mount Events Center Hours of Operation (When School is in Session)


  • Friday- 11:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m.
  • Mon-Thur- CLOSED


  • Saturday- 10:00 a.m -8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday- 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Note- Game Day WILL BE OPEN for Labor Day on Monday, September 2 from 10:00 a.m- 7:00 p.m.

To keep up with all the great happenings and fun at Game Day Adventure and Arcade, visit rockymountevents.com

Photo Credit: Rocky Mount Events Center


One could say the New Homes in Rocky Mount upon the Halle Companies purchase of Belmont Lake Preserve (BLP), was a housing market “redefined.” They introduced incredible, on-site, spa-like amenities and a spectacular update to its 18-hole golf course. Along the way, BLP began featuring homes built by ‘America’s Favorite Builder’ DR Horton. With these countless upgrades and the “#1 Builder in America” on board, it appears the New Homes in Rocky Mount market is not all that is to be redefined. Just as we have said all along, that is because a move to BLP is “Lifestyle Redefined.”

The New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP by DR Horton (pictured) have “redefined” the market in this area.

America’s #1 Builder D.R. Horton’s New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP

Called by many as America’s Builder,” D.R. Horton has been building families beautiful homes in desirable locations for more than 35 years. In the Spring of 2018, the Halle Companies were excited to announce that the Horton team would soon be building New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP and obviously from the results since that point, so are prospective home buyers.

America’s largest homebuilder for fifteen years in a row by volume, D.R. Horton has built more than 600,000 homes with quality, functionality, value, and style in mind. Since bringing their brand of New Homes in Rocky Mount to BLP to say they have “redefined” New Homes in Rocky Mount would be an understatement.

The indoor swimming pool at the BLP Community Clubhouse is just one of the many on-site amenities.

Stay in Shape and Stay Cool: Belmont Lake Preserve Community Clubhouse

The Community Clubhouse at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community in a word is spectacular. When searching New Homes in Rocky Mount, a walk into this impressive facility may be the ‘gamechanger.’ Regardless if your taste lies in fitness, outdoor activity, business, recreation, or hosting, this is the place for you.

In addition to a state-of-the-art training and fitness facility there is also an beautiful game/billiards room in this area. For those gorgeous, sunny, yet hot days of summer, no worries, there are two swimming pools at the Community Clubhouse.

Community Clubhouse Features You Have Access to when you decide on the New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP:

  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • State-of-the-art-fitness facility
  • Full catering and dining facilities
  • Billiards Room
  • Full catering and dining facilities
Located inside the Golf Clubhouse at BLP, the Main Course restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

Belmont Lake Preserve Golf Clubhouse

Not your average golf clubhouse, featuring a full menu restaurant in addition to a fully stocked golf pro shop. The Main Course at Belmont Lake features some of the finest dining in Rocky Mount and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, there is a full bar to enjoy a cold beverage after a day on the links. Likewise, all your needs from tees to apparel, or even lessons with an on-site PGA professional can be met in the BLP Golf Clubhouse.

BLP Golf Clubhouse Features you can enjoy once you’ve moved into the New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP here are:

  • The Main Course at Belmont Restaurant
  • Indoor and Outdoor Dining Areas
  • Full Golf Pro Shop
  • Book Golf Instruction
  • PGA Professional Tim Wilke on staff
The Belmont Lake Golf Club (pictured) was recently named the #11 Best Course in NC.

Belmont Lake Golf Club

As if you needed any more amenities to persuade your decision to go with the New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP, here it is. The Belmont Lake Golf Club is an 18-hole awardwinning David Johnson Golf Design that is as playable for all skill sets as it is beautiful.

The revamp of the Belmont Lake Golf Club has ed to many publications taking note of the course. Recently, Golf Advisor magazine named the course as number eleven on its rankings of Top Golf Courses in North Carolina. Likewise, the same publication listed the golf club as number twelve in the entire U.S. for pace of play. You can learn more about the BLP Golf Club in the “Lifestyle Redefined” section of belmontlakepreserve.com.

For information on the beautiful New Homes in Rocky Mount at BLP visit the “New Homes” section at belmontlakepreserve.com.

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For nearly 70 years kids growing up in this area have delighted in the activities and exhibits at the Rocky Mount Childrens Museum and Science Center.

Founded in 1952, even almost seven decades later, the variety of fun and educational experiences to be had are too plentiful to list. In this, our next series of articles on entertainment in the city of Rocky Mount, we will touch on fun places and activities for the whole family.

The Imperial Tobacco Building (pictured) is the original business that set in the current Imperial Centre. This hosts the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center

One of the Originals: Humble Beginnings of the Rocky Mount Childrens Museum

Rocky Mount hosts one of the first museum’s in the entire United States aimed solely at children. Rocky Mount Childrens Museum opened its doors 67 years ago. The original concept of the museum for kids is credited to the Rocky Mount Jaycees and Junior Guild.

These two entities were able to raise the funds needed to open the museum. The Rocky Mount Childrens Museum secured space in the basement of the old Braswell Library and in 1952 was open to the public.

A Permanent Home for Growth and Development

Under two years after initially opening the doors, on Easter Sunday of 1954, Rocky Mount Childrens Museum opened its doors to the public at its new permanent home in beautiful Sunset Park. The facility continued to grow and develop at this point with the addition of the “Science Center.” Consequently, it was at this point that the city of Rocky Mount became involved with the museum.

Due to the fact that it was now a division of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum saw continued growth and development in the coming years. In 1967 another 3,000 square feet is added of new exhibit space.

An addition to the Rocky Mount Childrens Museum over time was the science center. This currently includes the awesome Cummins Planetarium

A Flood, A Move and Adding Some Science

After 30 years in the same location, in the Fall of 1999, the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum was destroyed. This was due to a flood and the after-effects of Hurricane Floyd. The Museum, much like a good part of the city was devastated by the flood. It was at this point the Museum, is relocated to a temporary site the down town area.

Consequently, this would lead to the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum again seeing an expansion. It moved in with the Arts Center, and a Science Center became part of the Museum also. This is now the extremely popular Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, which likewise hosts the Children’s Museum and Science Center.

Visit the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center Today: It’s “Out of this World”

The Rocky Mount Children’s Museum is conveniently located just minutes from Belmont Lake Preserve

Today, the Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. It is the home of the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center. In addition to the exhibits, there is also regular programs and classes offered at both the museum and Science Center.

There is also a Theatre section that likewise offers classes and live performances. Artist opportunities are also available in several genres. One of the newer main attractions is also Cummins Planetarium, located in teh Science Center.

Just a Short Drive from Belmont Lake Preserve, Enjoy “A Rocky Mount Original” with the Whole Family

The Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center is just minutes from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve community. To see all the great upcoming events there, visit imperialcentre.org. For more information on the great new homes in Rocky Mount NC at Belmont Lake Preserve visit belmontlakepreserve.com.


The real estate and moving experts at homesnacks.net have released their final list for 2019 and It supports your “family friendly” move to the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community. Consequently they have listed in their rankings ,the city of Rocky Mount among the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina.

The Rocky Mount Event Center offers a variety of family-friendly activities and events

First the Safest and Now Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina

On the heels of our last article, this should come as no surprise given the positive direction that the city is heading in providing protection and safety. Consequently, these traits have Rocky Mount on both the list of NC’s Safest Cities and Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina. many of the same factors that were used in naming the Safest Cities also parlay to this poll also.

Collecting the most current data from proven and true sources,Homesnacks , “limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For North Carolina, that meant a total of 60 cities.”

Rocky Mount’s Braswell Memorial Library offers programs for children nd adults alike throughout the year.

Amenities, Quality Schools, and Great Location

Going further in the explanation of the process in which they determine the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina, it notes, “We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of North Carolina, we looked at every single city in the state. The major factors involved included the quality of schools, distance to major cities, and the percentage of households with children. Likewise, Homesnacks looked at the decline in all types of crime in Rocky Mount as a major factor. One other area that was specified in the city’s inclusion was family-friendly amenities. This includes things such as museums, libraries, and colleges, which Rocky Mount certainly boasts each of these.

Family Friendly Amenities in Rocky Mount

  • Imperial Centre for the Arts & Science
  • Children’s Museum and Science Center
  • Rocky Mount Railroad Museum
  • Rocky Mount Event Center
  • Braswell Memorial Library
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
The city of Rocky Mount has seen a steady improvement among the state’s Safest City and Best to Raise a Family polling.

Most Improved of All Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina

For the final listing of Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina, individual scores are tallied in differing areas. Thus, the higher the “Family” score they arrive at, the higher the rankings. Rocky Mount was one of the most improved on the final list of 60 municipalities this year. The city saw the most improvement on the list of nearly any of those listed. This put the city in the upper half of the cities listed for the very first time in the storied history of this poll.

Affordable and Diverse: Rocky Mount Continues its Climb

The overall ranking of the city of Rocky Mount has several strong areas. These strong areas help the city in getting placed among the Best Cities to Raise a Family in North Carolina . The four main areas where Knightdale scores highest were affordability (cost of living), diversity, amenities, and commute/location.

To see more on Rocky Mount’s inclusion in this listing, you can visit homesnacks.net. Likewise, you can view the entire listing for 2019 here.


With an influx of new business coming to town and more specifically, a concerted effort being put forth both by local authorities and citizens working hand in hand to make Rocky Mount a great place to raise a family, the results are showing up positive, as the city has climbed into the upper 50 percent statewide in the recently released 2019 National Council for Home Safety and Security’s (NCHSS) annual poll of the Safest Cities in North Carolina.

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The Twin Counties Big Sweep Challenge and other initiatives between local officials and the youth of the area has helped positive growth in Rocky Mount.

At the official site of the NCHSS (alarms.org), it goes into very specific detail in explaining the ranking process. As a result, Rocky Mount is number 31 among all municipalities for Safest Cities in North Carolina. The city’s on-going efforts to improve all aspects of life and officials working with residents is showing vast improvement annually.

A Continuous Climb Up the Charts of Safest Cities in North Carolina

“To identify the safest cities,” it reads at alarms.org, “we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. Cities with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147 are part of the ranking process.

The NCHSS says, rankings for the 2019 Safest Cities in North Carolina are compiled as follows. “Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.”

Local law enforcement work with residents in programs like the Rocky Mount Junior Police Academy (Pictured). This has helped the community as a whole build a safer city.

Crime Rates Down as Rocky Mount Keeps Moving Up

Rocky Mount’s non-violent crime rate score was very low as opposed to many of the other municipalities. Consequently, the city has seen a continued decrease in the number of violent crimes consistently over the past several years.

hese numbers are at the lowest the area has seen in many years and should continue to go down. This is thanks in part to  programs by local police for its residents. Also, the introduction of family-friendly communities such as Belmont Lake Preserve has likewise aided in. the city’s ongoing ascent. These combined factors should help the city to continue climbing up the list of Safest Cities in North Carolina.

For more information including a full listing of the 2019 Safest Cities in North Carolina and more detail on the rankings process, visit alarms.org.

(Photo Credit : City of Rocky Mount)