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


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News and Photos

                                                   We've got new books!

Dr. John Henry Pinkard by Michael E. Blankenship - $29.95 plus $5 s/h

This is the story of the African American legendary "yarb doctor" of Franklin County & Roanoke.  The author tells of Dr. Pinkard's rise to great riches and fall to poverty. You'll find lots of photographs, reprinted newspaper articles, court testimony and stories about medical doctors' dislike for this fellow who made and marketed potions that his clients swore by. Indexed - 220 pages, perfect bound 8 1/2 x 11 size.

Sister Ora - Brother Goode by Charles D. Thompson Jr. - limited time at $5 plus $3 s/h

Well researched, lots of photographs from the western area of Franklin County. The author describes the godly - and those who weren't - using interviews and countless hours of research. The oral history included is priceless. Highlighted are Miss Ora Harrison who came to the St. Johns-in-the-Mountains mission at Endicott and Elder James Goode Lane Hash who was a Primitive Baptist preacher, rural mail carrier and general witness to history is this sometimes less than lawful section of the county.

Paperback, 5x7 size, 40 pages, quality reproduction.

Church Steeples of Franklin County, Virginia by Debra Hunley - $33 plus $5 s/h

The author visited miles and miles of highways and byways in the county to get quality photos of various church steeples.  Each picture is identified by church name and location. With a nod to her faith, Debra included an appropriate section of Scripture with each photo. A great coffee table book or gift for many occasions. 5 1/2 x 11 size. Full color, hard bound. Indexed - 107 pages.

For a copy of any of these books, come by the History Museum, send the appropriate amount by mail to FCoHS, PO Box 905, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 - or call us at 540-483-1890 with your credit or debit card information.