Discover Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage & Culture

Take a step back in time with a tour of the Franklin County History Museum. The Franklin County Historical Society operates the history museum and research library in Rocky Mount to provide public access to its collected materials. The organization also publishes booklets with historical themes for the purpose of education and research assistance and also hosts events throughout the year, including Ghosts and More and Moonshine Express tours.

Visit the Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum at Ferrum College, which documents the folkways of the people living in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just a short drive from downtown Rocky Mount, it’s the first of eight major venues along The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, home of the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival and also recognized as Virginia’s Center for Blue Ridge Folklore.

Taste what’s cooking at downtown Rocky Mount’s newest restaurant, Bootleggers’ Café. Located in a historic, former Coca-Cola bottling building, the American comfort-style food restaurant is within steps of the Harvester Performance Center.

Stop in at The Rocky Mount Center for the Arts and The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road, promoting the region’s artwork and highlighting the many artisan talents that make this area so special.

Next, head to Booker T. Washington National Monument, the site commemorating the birthplace of America’s most prominent African American educator and orator of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Later, grab tickets and a cozy seat amid the intimate setting of the Harvester Performance Center, located in the heart of historic downtown Rocky Mount. The new mid-size music venue along Franklin Street officially opened its doors on April 11, 2014, to showcase live performances from a variety of genres. The Harvester, a $2.7 million venue, is expected to host 175 shows annually.