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.

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.

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 2017 date is Saturday, June 3. Guest speaker will be Capt. Ray Pickett, commander of the 57th VA Infantry Co. B re-enactment group. He will discuss Southerners "up north," the War and the 57th's important place in it.

      The 2017 Veterans Memorial Day observance will include a Living History Encampment featuring the 57th VA Co. B re-enactors from New York. Visit their camp Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 - speak one on one to learn about camp life in the 1860s - see the men drill. Free.

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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 9, 2017.

Tickets on sale now! $15 each.

New for 2017: A change in venue to allow more space for "Gawkers Row" - where you'll see a cruise-in type display featuring cars of the day that either hauled moonshine likker - or could have. Plus more likker-theme displays and knowledgeable folks to talk to. Contact us to reserve a spot to show off your ride! Each car owner displaying a vehicle will receive a special dash plaque. Fun awards including a People's Choice to select your favorite vehicle on displays. Vote also for "Hunka Hunka Burnin' Metal" - "I Can't Drive 55" - "Big Wheels a'Turnin' for the favorite truck - "On the Road Again". See you at Benjamin Franklin Middle School!

Sponsors on board to date: 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, ReMax-Mountain to Lake Realty - Julie & Billy Kingery, Edward Jones Financial - Zachary Wimmer, Flora Funeral Services. Call if you'd like to help with a sponsorship.

Watch for details as they unfold. We’ve got books about the likker trade all year long – however, specials are offered on tour days. New just-for-us T-shirts for the 2017 event! Thank you, PurpleDog Promotions! Check out the design soon in the windows at the N. Morris Building, Main Street, Rocky Mount. Buy a shirt to wear to Moonshine Express at the History Museum. Thank you to Aaron Garland of Hall & Assoc. for providing this display space.

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