The Franklin County Historical Society
We are a 501(c3) organization operated five days a week
by volunteers.
Hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday & Sunday

(540) 483-1890


If you are traveling, we
recommend calling to be
sure we can meet you!


We are hoping everyone is staying in and safe! The History Museum & Research Library are closed by executive order until at least June 10. We are accepting book, map and other orders by mail or email or phone. Just let us know what you'd like to purchase. (We need the business and are hoping you need the materials to occupy yourselves during the new normal of "social distancing.") Calls are being transferred so if you call 540-483-1890, you'll likely get a message and we'll get back as soon as possible. Watch social media and here for rescheduled events and more. We're posting "See It in the Museum" every Friday and "Moonshine-Still Here" -- both feature something from our collections. See you soon, in person!

2020 marks our 52nd anniversary! Happy new year to us - and you!

The Franklin County Historical Society was chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1968 for the purpose of collecting and preserving the history of Franklin County, Virginia. In later years, we added "sharing" to our mission. Our over-riding goal is to present history accurately and fairly.

Huge thanks to our unsung hero(es) at Howl'n Dog Designs in Boones Mill! Not only did this company design our website - and continually offer support - Howl'n Dog also hosts the website for us (translation: pays the fees). Short commercial: if you need a newsletter, a website or a myriad of other techie type things done - call 'em up.

We offer memberships to the general public to encourage interest in local history. We operate a history museum and research library to provide public access to our collected materials.

Old times are not forgotten in Franklin County, Virginia...let us show you or your group around. A variety of tours, in and out of the Town of Rocky Mount, are offered to groups of all sizes for a minimal per person fee. Lunch is provided, if you wish.

Our postal mailing address is PO Box 905, Rocky Mount, VA 24151

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