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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Historical Society Projects

We need Volunteers
If you have skills or time that these projects would benefit from, we would greatly appreciate any assistance you can give.

Projects underway or ongoing

Historical Society Projects

  • Work with the county in interpreting the Waid Stagecoach Stop Inn in Waid Recreation Park. Plans call for signage, maps to show original locations of associated buildings, constructing a 'footprint' of the original structure, stabilizing the existing chimney and more.
  • Assist the Town of Boones Mill in restoration of the Boon and Hardy cemeteries in the town limits. Boones Mill founder Jacob Boon lies there - along with family members and other notables. Tax deductible donations are being accepted for this work.  Contact us for a brochure. Update: the cemetery is cleaned - thanks to Franklin County Jail Inmate Work Force and other volunteers, antique decorative fencing for the entrance has been donated by Peggie Foster and installed. Signs will be up soon to properly mark this historic resting place. Watch for a dedication ceremony to show off the work.
  • Continue preservation work at the old Robert Hill fort/blockhouse. The blockhouse, on the Christian Heritage Academy property, is a historic site dating from the 1740s. Periodic events are held here to celebrate the freedoms won in the Revolutionary War. The next date is Sunday, April 19, 2020. Watch for details.
  • Complete update of our cemetery book for publication: "Franklin County Cemeteries Volume 3" - to include full-name index, updated directions and more. "Lost cemeteries" and others not included in previous versions. Publication date as soon as possible. We are getting closer. ( Previous pre-orders will be honored.) For new orders, actual price will be available just prior to publication.
  • Complete research and publish a booklet on the local aspect of the life of Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early. Our working title is "Jubal at Home."
  • Publish a book of Franklin County-theme postcards.
  • Seek marking of historic sites by Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • Seek state and national historic site designation for worthy properties.
  • Publish Vol. 4 of Franklin County Killin' which will include newspaper clippings, 'detective magazine' accounts & more about local murders from  days past. Volume 3 is in its fourth printing!
  • Publish Ghosts We Know dealing with accounts of local encounters of the interesting kind. We're no longer producing our Ghosts & More event, however, we want to keep the true stories alive - and in print.