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!



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


We celebrated our 50th anniversary with lots of friends! Thanks to everyone who came, who bought tickets and didn't make it (but supported us anyway) and especially to those who bought auction items!

Special thanks to Carilion Clinic who helped us secure music by Ernie Power, Jay Shelton, Rodger Doss and Gene Parker! And to those who made donations including Robin Robinson Burke, Bob Camicia, Henry & Mary Fulcher. We appreciate all of the donors of time, money and stuff!

A great big thank you to Empire Foods for beautiful - and delicious cakes! Some of us are posing with happy faces after seeing the cakes - left to right: Doris Eames, Johnny Bowman, Linda Stanley, Zach Wimmer and Allen Jones. (Thanks to Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce for the sign - which we recycled with the help of Indigo Signs - to make it our own.)

And thanks to the folks who donated items for the auctions and the event and helped make it happen: Franklin County Parks & Recreation, Charles & Sarah McDaniel, Franklin County Distillers, Carter's Fine Jewelers, Haywood's Jewelers, Angle Hardware, The Growing Place, Homestead Creamery, Cliff & Marsha Faye, Johnny Bowman, Kenny's Painting, WoodGrains, Cooper Classics, Ruth Meador, The Willard Companies (Westlake Golf Course/Westlake Cinema), Blooming Deals, Brenda Raine, Frances Dillon, Janet Faye West, Doris Eames, Shirley Dent, Martha Hubbard, Lee 'Butch' Eames Jr. - The Wood Doctor, McDonald's, Flowers by Jones, Zach Wimmer, Henry Fulcher, Ann Lewis Edmundson, Bud & Carolyn Blanchard, CAPPS Home Building Center.

Put it on your calendar!

Moonshine Express - Sunday, April 14, 2019

Moonshine ExpressWe're already selling tickets! A 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. Visit with legal distillers and hear how they did it. Thanks to our tourism partners at Commonwealth Coach & Trolley Museum for providing transportation.

Visit Gawkers Row for a look at vehicles that either did (or could have) haul moonshine likker. Awards to vehicle owners. Custom dash plaques for all car owners plus awards.

We’ve got books about the likker trade all year long. Plus T-shirts, postcards, Cat's Meow Village renditions of our own still and other gifts for you or others.  NEW T-shirts for 2018!

Contact us to reserve your spot on the next tour: 540.483.1890 or use

Thanks to our gracious sponsors for the April 2018 tour: Flowers by Jones - Henry & Mary Fulcher - Franklin Dental Associates - Cliff & Marsha Fay - Bob Camicia - Shively Electric - Crooked Road Family Dentistry - 57th VA Infantry Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2258 - Town of Rocky Mount - Carbo Inc. - Flora Funeral Service - Haywood's Jewelers - The Hub Restaurant - Capps Home Building Center - Michael Dillon Custom Docks -  Fidelity Bank - Johnny Bowman - Arrington Enterprises: Dairy Queen & Bojangles - Virginia Furniture Market - Buddy's BBQ - Matt Thurman: State Farm Insurance Agency - Franklin County Distilleries - Franklin Finance Co. - ReMax/Mountain to Lake Realty: Billy & Julie Kingery - Franklin County Office of Tourism.

    If you see them or know them, thank 'em again for us!


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. Watch for the 2019 date!

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. This year, former state and national legislator and presidential candidate Virgil H. Goode Jr. delivered rousing patriotic remarks, reminding of our heritage and how important it is to keep history at the forefront in today's challenging times.

      The 2018 Veterans Memorial Day observance featured a Living History Encampment featuring the 57th VA Co. B re-enactors from New York. We appreciate their annual commitment to this event.

Holiday Remembrance

The annual ceremony to remember Confederate veterans buried in the historic High Street Municipal Cemetery, Rocky Mount, will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. We now include a Spanish-American War veteran resting here. Re-enactors, men and women in 1700s and 1800s period clothing. A known 26 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.

Contact us for more information: 540.483.1890 or