Jon pre­serves the past for present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

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The Rock Camp­ground & RV Park, lo­cated near Rock­mart, is ded­i­cated to preserving the past while pre­par­ing for the fu­ture.

Owner Jon Hitch­cock con­tin­ues to cre­ate a place where present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can gather to make last­ing mem­o­ries. His chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren come to en­joy the scenic en­vi­ron­ment, mu­si­cal pro­grams and other ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered through­out the year.

“I hope that you and your fam­ily will come and visit with us,” he said. “Make mem­o­ries that will be en­graved into your heart, mind, and soul.”

Hitch­cock is an avid out­door en­thu­si­ast and trea­sures the beauty of Polk’s colorful moun­tain views and lush land­scape.

He doesn’t openly ad­mit it, but hints this is one of the rea­sons he has con­tin­ued to de­velop prop­erty, lo­cated at 130 Forsyth Road near Rock­mart.

It all be­gan in 1965 when he pur­chased 7 acres of land, which later be­gan the site of his busi­ness ven­tures. Hitch­cock is in­ter­ested in re­cy­cling and preser­va­tion of the scenic beauty in the area.

There­fore, he erected a mu­seum to house a col­lec­tion of prim­i­tive farm im­ple­ments and other items. This was la­bor that brought great sat­is­fac­tion since it was his way of preserving lo­cal his­tory.

As a busi­ness­man, Hitch­cock saw the po­ten­tial for growth and be­gan to clean up and grad­u­ally de­vel­oped the prop­erty. His vi­sion was to host arts, crafts and car shows. This slowly evolved into a full ser­vice camp­ground, which opened in 2001. He later named it “The Rock” due to the nu­mer­ous boul­ders in the area.

Dur­ing the next sev­eral years, he be­came a sup­porter of tourism and mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mit­tee. He later re­ported The Rock brought $ 60,000 into the lo­cal econ­omy in about three months.

Hitch­cock soon be­gan to take an in­ter­est in mu­si­cal venues. There­fore, he set up a stage on a pon­toon boat. In 2002, he erected and im­proved this at­trac­tion, hosted char­ity events and in­vited lo­cal and area tal­ent.

Ad­di­tion­ally, The Rock fea­tured a year­round venue for Blue­grass jam ses­sions with blue­grass fa­vorites, in­clud­ing the Foggy Hol­low, East Dixie Boys, The Bruce

Pho­tos: Agnes Ha­gin/SJ

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