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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The Franklin County Historical Society holds special events throughout the year in order to draw interest in our area's past.


Veterans Memorial Day

Veterans Memorial DayFranklin County Historical Society honors Franklin County casualties of all wars and military conflicts each year. Special emphasis is  placed on veterans of the War Between the States as this war touched literally every household in the county.

We are assisted by Franklin County High School Air Force JROTC, Jubal Early Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy, Virginia’s Old Carolina Road Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, area chapters of Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans – and representatives of other heritage organizations.

 The event is free. Features include a guest speaker and firing of a military salute. We encourage the public to join us and show your patriotism. The 2018 date is Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. Please plan to join us.

      The 2018 Veterans Memorial Day observance will include a Living History Encampment featuring the 57th VA Co. B re-enactors from New York. Visit their camp and speak one on one to learn about camp life in the 1860s - see the men drill. Free.

Contact us for more information: 540.483.1890 or

Moonshine Express

Moonshine ExpressA popular “character event”  in April, Moonshine Express features true tales about the local liquid industry. Actors and interpreters relate factual information about our heritage and events of the not so distant past.

Ride a vintage tour bus through Rocky Mount to see cars of the day, meet people from both sides of the law – and listen as a moonshiner (retired, of course) explains the workings of our full-size replica moonshine likker still. Revenuers (also retired) will talk about what could and did happen to the folks in the illegal likker trade. Thanks to our tourism partners at Commonwealth Coach & Trolley Museum for providing transportation.

Tour date: Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Tickets on sale Feb. 1, 2018

Sponsors for 2017 - thank you for your support! Wes Hudson Auction Services is sponsor of the likker still!

Other sponsors listed as they sign on: Franklin Finance Company, The Hub Restaurant, Peggie Foster, Becky Pendleton, Inside-Out Painting &  Restoration/Remodeling, Town of Rocky Mount, Franklin County Tourism Division, Johnny Bowman, Aaron Garland of Hall & Associates, Michael Dillon Custom Docks, Carbo Inc., Franklin Dental Assoc., Flowers by Jones, Re/Max-Mountain to Lake Realty - Julie & Billy Kingery, Edward Jones Financial - Zachary Wimmer, Flora Funeral Services, Haywood Jewelers, Cliff & Marsha Fay, 220 Auto Sales.

We’ve got books about the likker trade all year long – AND we have the souvenir tour booklet for 2o17 - Now $12 a copy (add $4 for mailing). Still available also - new just-for-us T-shirts for the 2017 event! Thank you, PurpleDog Promotions!

Contact us after Feb. 1, 2018 to reserve your spot on the next tour: 540.483.1890 or use

Murder & Mayhem

Saturday, Oct. 28. One performance only. The show will be presented in the American Legion Building, on Tanyard Road, Rocky Mount.  Spirits of another kind. Learn about ghostly sightings at sites in the Town of Rocky Mount - interesting murders - more. See who is still around in one form or another these many years later. Find out what's under Rocky Mount's streets and what that has to do with ghostin'. True stories about real happenings. Tickets on sale August 1.

Holiday Remembrance

The annual ceremony to remember Confederate veterans buried in High Street Municipal Cemetery, Rocky Mount, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Re-enactors, men and women in 1860s period clothing. A known 25 graves will be marked with holiday greenery gleaned from Franklin County and fashioned into grave sprays by members of Jubal Early Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy. Descendants and others interested in local patriotism are invited. Following the formal program, we invite everyone to visit the veterans' final resting places - and take a look at other graves which hold many other movers and shakers of our town and county.