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.

Ghosts! 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. Event tickets $15 each.

NEW this this year - daytime touring. For an additional $10 per person, see the scenes by daylight that you'll hear about after nightfall! Join a guided tour of High Street Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Also included is a color map for a self-guided tour of town visiting intriguing scenes and local businesses where you'll find discounts and deals just for our tour participants. At your own pace, see where ghosts hang out and where murders have taken place and other intriguing events have taken place. Coupons included for validation at town business places. Some are offering % off on purchases, some have freebies and some offer 'surprises.'  All will give you a hearty welcome for coming in - and validate your map's coupons. Validation of at least 5 business place visits puts you in a drawing at the evening event for a cauldron full of ghost-theme goodies! Call to reserve your space for Ghosts! Murder & Mayhem - and the daytime tours. Coupons good both Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. (If you can only make the daytime tours, pay $15 per person for the cemetery tour, tour map and coupon opportunities!)

Our tour partners: Angle Hardware, Blooming Deals, Downtown Distressed, Flowers by Jones, Haywood's Jewelers, Hub Restaurant, KupKakery Bakery & Kafe', Old's Cool, Perfectly Picked, Rocky Mount Center for the Arts - The Grainery, Rocky Mount Welcome Center - Train Station, Virginia Office Supply, Whole Bean Coffee House, Wood Grains Amish Furniture & Gifts. Visit them any time - but get ghostly goodies on Oct. 27 & 28 when you purchase the daytime tours!

Sponsors of Ghosts! Murder & Mayhem 2017 to date: Matt Thurman, State Farm Insurance, Rocky Mount - Town of Rocky Mount - Franklin County Tourism MicroGrant - Haywood's Jewelers - Carbo Inc. - Re/Max Mountain to Lake Realty, Billy & Julie Kingery - Johnny Bowman - Flora Funeral Service - Flowers by Jones - Duck-In Market on Booker T. Washington Hwy - Shively Electric -Turner Building Inc. - Henry & Mary Fulcher - The Hub Restaurant - Cliff & Marsha Fay - Franklin Finance Co. - 220 Auto Sales - Jimmy Russell, State Farm Insurance, Rocky Mount -Virginia Office & Church Supply.


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.

Visit Gawkers Row for a look at vehicles that either did (or could have) haul moonshine likker. Awards to vehicle owners. Vote for your favorite. Contact us if your ride qualifies!

Tour date: Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Tickets on sale Feb. 1, 2018

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

Other sponsors: 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


Holiday Remembrance

The annual ceremony to remember Confederate veterans buried in High Street Municipal Cemetery, Rocky Mount, will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. This year, we add a War of 1812 veteran resting here. Re-enactors, men and women in 1800s 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.