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.

Put it on your calendar!

Moonshine Express - Sunday, April 14, 2019

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. 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. Vote for your favorite. Contact us if your ride qualifies! Custom dash plaques for all car owners and awards to those who win by popular vote (25 cents a vote!).

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 sponsor 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. This year's date is Saturday, June 9 - 10:30 a.m.

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. Please plan to join us.

This year, former state legislator Virgil H. Goode Jr. will deliver remarks.

      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 following the formal program - speak one on one with re-enactors to learn about camp life in the 1860s - see the men drill. Free.


Sunday, June 10 - 3 p.m. meet author Thomas 'Tom' Perry who will discuss his new book "Unrecontructed Rebel" featuring Franklin County native son CSA Gen. Jubal Anderson Early. We meet at the American Legion Building on Tanyard Road, Rocky Mount. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Put in on your calendar! A fun event is being planned. Details very soon.

Moonshine Memories...Old and New

Save the date - Saturday, Sept. 22! It's a memories cruise-in. Help us celebrate our 50th anniversary and share memories from back in the day. Stories from legal distillers and those who weren't. Vintage vehicles, a steel drum band, fun games like Motor Hole, food vendors and more. You'll need a $10 wristband - on sale soon. It all starts at 10 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m. Watch for venue directions and more details.

Holiday Remembrance

The annual ceremony to remember Confederate veterans buried in the historic High Street Municipal Cemetery, Rocky Mount, will be held Saturday, Dec. 8. We now include a Spanish-American War veteran resting here. Re-enactors, men and women in 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


Ghosts! Murder & Mayhem  

Thanks to our 2017 daytime 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 - and say thank you!

Sponsors of Ghosts! Murder & Mayhem 2017  : 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.