Viverette's Mill

Thomas Viverett ran a grist mill on the Tar River just south of Rocky Mount during the 1780s. Thomas was forced to grind mill for Lord Cornwallisís army when he passed through Nash County on his way to Yorktown, Virginia, where he later surrendered. This painting by William Vivrett of Missouri depicts such a mill in a rustic setting. Thomasís son James also ran a mill in the same area many years after his fatherís death. A 1921 letter by William Randolph Vivrett makes reference to the old mill.

The pictures below were sent by Randy Viverette of North Carolina. This is what is left of the old mill site. Thomas built the original mill and his son James built on the same site in the early 1800s.
This page was created by Raymond Viverette 8/25/2003 and updated on 11/26/2007. Any questions about its contents should be directed to the following e-mail address: