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Numbers still available for our replica of the Confederate monument on the Franklin County Courthouse green. Call for availability. The last of the offering of 150 numbered statues are $175 each for a limited time. Names of all the companies raised in Franklin County for the Confederate military are engraved on the statue base. Each statue stands 18 inches tall and weighs about 18 pounds. A deposit of $25 holds your number. Balance due on pickup. Can be shipped - call for pricing.
100 Proof - by Henry Lee Law (who knows a little about makin' moonshine likker). $19.95 (add $6 s/h). 'The Untold Stories of Notorious Franklin County Moonshiner Amos Law." Follows the 6-year career of Amos Law and includes some of Henry's exploits as well. Photos and more.
Franklin County's Famous 1935 Moonshine Conspiracy Trial - Complete Daily Newspaper Accounts including Author Sherwood Anderson's Liberty Magazine Story. $35 (add $8 s/h). Large-size, perfect bound book with newspaper clippings re-typed in page format. Compiled by Morris Stephenson, Beverly Merritt and Angie Leary.
Franklin County Killin' Vol. 3. 'A few intriguing murders' - included are newspaper clippings, "True Detective" stories and more. You'll find the details on a death at the end of a party in Rocky Mount (1890) - a tale of two men, pistols and a deadly duel (1908) - a police killing and a trial that dragged on (1927) - and unrequited love and the deadly result (1936). $8 a copy at the History Museum. We'll mail a copy for an additional $5. (We have limited copies of Vol. 2 for $10 each - plus $5 s/h. This one lists all the county sheriffs and includes information about several killings.)
Windows of Time. An updated book - this one perfect bound - providing photos and information about more than 300 local soldiers who served the Confederate military in the War Between the States. 200 pages. Compiled by Linda Nezbeth as a project of Jubal Early Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy and published by us. $28 a copy. Add $6 if mailed. If you'd like multiples for gifts, call for shipping charge.
SANTAS FOR SALE. Hand-made, stuffed colorful holiday cloth - 6 1/4 inches long and 3 1/4 wide. Use as a holiday ornament, package tie-on -- or dangle one from your sun visor! All the money goes to our new Annex project. $5 each at the History Museum (add $5 s/h - call for pricing on multiple orders). Check our FaceBook page for the latest styles. Sports teams, CSA, Coca-Cola, camouflage, doggie bones and more. Got 'em all year long! But the selection is now limited.
Other books of note:
Sister Ora - Brother Goode by Charles D. Thompson Jr. (Stories of Miss Ora Harrison and Elder James Goode Lane Hash and the community in which they lived and served - many high quality photos, gleanings from personal interviews and research from the Endicott/Southwestern area of Franklin County.) Soft Cover. Limited number available at $5 plus $5 s/h.
Dr. John Henry Pinkard - African American Legend of Franklin County and the Roanoke Valley by Michael E. Blankenship. Soft cover. Quality reproductions of photos, medicine labels and more. (Known as "the yarb doctor," Pinkard rose to fame and fortune and down again as he befriended people from all walks of life and offered his brand of "cures" for their ills. His formulas for remedies were kept secret altho' the Food and Drugs Act of 1906 required him to list the active ingredients.) 220 pages. Indexed. $29.95 plus $8 s/h.
Church Steeples of Franklin County, Virginia by Debra Hunley. (Full color, hard back collection of church steeples photographed by the author. 107 pages. Bible verses add interest to each photo.) $25 plus $6 s/h.
Still on hand and popular:
Spirits of Just Men - Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World by Charles D. Thompson Jr. (Paperback. Solid research. Photos, interviews. If you can buy just one book about making likker in Franklin County, this is the one. 269 pages. Indexed. The story of why locals made moonshine, its economic effects, the government's participation and more.) $23.95 plus $7 s/h.
Franklin County Virginia 1786-1986 - A Bicentennial History by John S. Salmon and Emily J. Salmon. (Hardcover, shrink-wrapped, 1 1/2 inches thick. Only the second history of Franklin County, VA ever researched and published. Photos, fully indexed and resourced. Quality work by two noted historians.) $40 plus $8 s/h
The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 by T. Keister Greer. (Shrink-wrapped, 2 1/2 inches thick. Hard back. Fully indexed and resourced. Photos. Written in question and answer form using courtroom testimony without the enhancement of opinion, the book effectively tells the story of the likker conspiracy in Franklin County, VA. Individuals are named, the trials and results are given and the wide government net is explained. Those accused included elected officials, business owners and operators, likker makers and transporters and even a mercantile business itself. The un-indicted conspirators are as interesting as those who were indicted. The book is not without humor as the tales unfold in the courtroom. A trial like this would not be possible in today's world.) $195 plus $15 s/h. Very limited.
Genesis of a Virginia Frontier - The Origins of Franklin County, Virginia, 1740-1785 by T. Keister Greer. (Shrink-wrapped.) Soft cover. Great resource. Includes the gradual evolution of Franklin from Brunswick, Lunenburg, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry and Bedford counties. Describes the east-west migration of Franklin County's earliest settlers. Greer writes, The Virginia Frontier is a fascinating study. Alive with the peculiar genius of the eighteenth-century Virginian, it resounds with the crash of falling oak, the bark of the long rifle, and the shout of the popular preacher." $20 plus $6 s/h
Heritage 2000 - Franklin County, Virginia - large 9x12 size - sewn, glued and hard bound. 271 pages. Hundreds of surnames, indexed by first and last names and story titles. Includes local history, family tales and photos. Blank family trees in the back for paternal and maternal information. Now very limited. $45 plus $10 s/h. Call for availability before ordering.
Family Books Available in the Research Library
Prices are included for convenience. Spiral-bound, most are collections by individual researchers, some are published works copied with permission. Credit is given to those researchers/editors known to us. Although not all books are indexed and not all include documentation of resources, these works provide clues and proofs to assist others researching the same families. A partial listing is provided.
Please call for ordering information, most current shipping and handling charges, or to check on recent additions. Shipping and handling discount for multiples.
Mailing address: FCoHS, PO Box 905, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.
Shipping address (UPS, FedEx, etc.): 460 South Main Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.
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Franklin County Settlers Map - still just $8.50 shipped in a tube - add $6 s/h
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