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.

Coke & Shine Exhibition - open!

Visiting limited to Mondays and Thursdays right now - more times as more volunteers are available. So many people to thank for our June 1 grand opening/open house. Here's the cake:

Thank you, Empire Bakeries!

Not only is it pretty - the cake was very good. So were the moonshine cookies and the Coca-Cola cookies. Thanks to chef Janet Faye West.

     During the grand opening festivities, we officially thanked "the boss" of the project - our director Henry Fulcher. He kept us in line, oversaw all the work (plus did much of it himself), provided tools, materials and more.

    Among people to thank for our annex becoming the Coke & Shine Exposition are our Platinum donors. The main one had been anonymous until the June 1 opening. We are happy to now announce that this donation is in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Gene Stratmann. Mr. Stratmann is deceased and his wife was hospitalized and unable to attend the festivities. We appreciate this support and interest in history.

      Another Platinum donor remains anonymous.

We appreciate Gold donors: Mary Fulcher  who made and sold lots of Santa ornaments; Aida Morgan who is  descended from Confederate soldier Edward Trent Bridges; Patricia Woods Baynham  in honor of her ancestor, Franklin County's first sheriff Robert Woods; Peggie Foster, Millard Lemon, L.D. Arrington.

     Many thanks to Silver donors: Robin Burke in honor of her parents Johnny & Feny Robinson;Todd Mason, Elizabeth Webster, Will Young, Marvin Hale, Julia Griffis, Sam & Ruth Cook, Henry & Lynda Messenger, Betty Fimiani in honor of William Buck Perdue; The Sink Family in honor of Confederate Pvt. Jonathan Sink; Rebecca Walker in honor of Linda Stanley.

     We also thank Bronze donors: Frances Dillon in honor of Claude Holland; Virgil H. Goode Jr., Addie Lang, Jackson Hale, Linda Stanley in honor of Martha Young; Lee & Doris Eames.

      And thank you to Copper donors: Steven Young, William Pop Hill, Donald A. Bull, Janice Holland, Nina Payne Ross, Bill & Shelley Clarke White.

      Sincere appreciate is extended to Linda Rucker Hubbard who donated toward the building signage in honor of her brothers Jimmy & Sam Rucker. Thank you to Mary Turner of Indigo Signs for the wonderful antique Coke signs and the design work. Thanks also to Turner Ready Mix for the front porch; Seven Oaks Landscaping; Kirk Willing for carpentry and more. We appreciate all the others including donors who provided the displays and those who worked behind the scenes in many ways.

     Thank you also to Mayor Steve Angle for kind words and to Donna Wray, president of the Community Partnership for ribbon cutting duties.


Here are some of our visitors for opening day: Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Metz, Ruth Meador, David Smith, Betty and Jack Dillon and Ruth Cook.

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: Saturday, June 8, 2019! 10 a.m. at the History Museum.

Guest speaker: John Cahoon, 2nd Vice President Fincastle Resolutions Chapter Sons of American Revolution. He will tell us about the Scots Irish militia's exploits - connecting us local folks to that war. And bringing facts home to us.

We are assisted by 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. In 2018, 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 2019 Veterans Memorial Day observance will again feature a Living History Encampment featuring the 57th VA Co. B re-enactors from New York. We appreciate their annual commitment to this event. Camp will open to visitors following the formal program. The History Museum will be open for touring as well.



Moonshine Jar Passports!

Pam Chitwood is the winner! Thanks to all who participated. Watch for it next year.

Thanks to our business partners: Basket Creations, Perfectly Picked, Franklin County Public Library - Main Branch, Julia Beth's, Twin Creeks Distillery, Franklin Glass, Bloomin' Deals, Curves, Harvester, Wood Grains, Kay's Corner, Virginia Office Supply, KupKakery, Virginia Lock & Key, Whole Bean Coffee House, Haywood's Jewelers, Angle Hardware, Flowers by Jones, The Hub Restaurant, Franklin News-Post, Buddy's Barbecue.

Moonshine Express - Sunday, April 14

Moonshine ExpressWe did again for the 15th time! Thanks to many folks who helped.

Here's the list of actors/interpreters who made it possible - in order of their appearance: Frank Chrzanowski, Zach Wimmer, John Pero, Ilene Lavinder, Martha Hubbard, Shirley Dent, Sandy Via, Mike Trochim, Sylvia Hodges, Gladys Taylor, Lee Eames Jr., Vic Reed, Simon Le Ray, Kenny & Melanie Jaszczak, Liberty & Waverly Adams, G.R. & Boo Perdue, Donna Wray, Pamela Hodges, Carline Deal, Carl & Bobby Moyer and friends.

Thanks to the moonshiners - we mean "legal distillers" - who came to entertain guests: Joe & Robert Bondurant of Bondurant Brothers Distillery, Chris & Anna Prillaman of Twin Creeks Distillery, Henry Lee Law (and Kenny, too) of Law's Choice, Andy Lumsden of Franklin County Distilleries and Tim Smith of Tim Smith Moonshine. Thanks to Lane Rakes as well - who told about the other side of the law - and former ABC agent Buddy Driscoll who represented "the law."

We enjoyed music by Rodger Doss & Friends. Thanks also to Guides on the buses: Sally Adams & Doris Eames.

We appreciate Commonwealth Coach & Trolley Museum for providing vintage transportation.

Souvenir tour booklets are available for $12 each (while they last). Add $4 to mail. All the actors' scripts are included as well as facts of interest.  We’ve got books about the likker trade all year long. Plus our own custom-designed T-shirts (that come in a glass Mason jar), postcards, Cat's Meow Village renditions of our still out back and other gifts for you or others. 

Thanks to our gracious sponsors for the April 2019 event: Henry & Mary Fulcher, Shively Electric Co., CAPPS Home Building Center, Andy Turner Campaign, Cliff & Marsha Fay, Frances Dillon, Town of Rocky Mount, Franklin County Tourism MicroGrant program, Flora Funeral Service, Franklin Dental Associates, Re/Max Mountain to Lake Realty - Julie & Billy Kingery, Carbo, The Hub Restaurant, Flowers by Jones (15th year!), Davis Heating &  Air, Virginia's Old Carolina Road Daughters of American Revolution, Haywood's Jewelers, 220 Auto Sales, Edward Jones  Financial - Zach Wimmer, Franklin Finance,  Brooks Mill Winery, CORA Physical Therapy, Crooked Road Family Dentistry, Franklin County Distillers at Boones Mill, Dillon Docks, Bald Knob Artists, Bojangles, Virginia Office Supply, Lynch-Conner-Bowman Funeral Home, Bob Camicia, Johnny Bowman.

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

Moonshine Memories...Old & New

2nd annual event Saturday, Sept. 14 at Jimmy Cannoy's place, Snow Creek! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch for details and plan to come. Bring your vintage ride to show or just come to look at others' cars, listen to steel band music, have some food from Buddy's BBQ and enjoy the day. Inside and outside exhibits. (Rain date Sept. 28)


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


SATURDAY, AUG. 25, 2018

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.