Barbecue Park, Rocky Mount, NC

It could be argued that Southern barbecue was invented at Melton’s Barbecue Restaurant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 1922. For more than 70 years Melton’s endured flooding, fires, and other catastrophes until it finally succumbed to Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Faced with a dilapidated piece of property along the Tar River, visionaries within the City of Rocky Mount implemented a plan to turn the ruins of Melton’s Barbecue into a community park that honors this important landmark in the State’s history. Working with virtually no budget, a team consisting of several City departments, engineers from WK Dickson, three Eagle Scout candidates and countless other volunteers turned the site into a valuable and important community asset.