Franklin County Moonshine Heritage

April is a Moonshine Heritage Month in Franklin County, Virginia

Franklin County is the ‘Moonshine Capital of the World’

You’ve heard about Franklin County, you’ve talked about Franklin County – and now here’s an opportunity to savor the flavor that’s purely Franklin County.  Mention the county just about anywhere and you’re sure to hear a story or two about our moonshine heritage.

Nestled among the foothills of the Blue Ridge, we are the Front Door to Virginia’s mountains, Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region and The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.  Not to mention two lakes, four rivers and two historic towns.  We are your destination gateway to traditions steeped in heritage through arts, music – old and new, and culture.

Moonshine – Blue Ridge Style: The History and Culture of Untaxed Liquor in the Mountains of Virginia

Over the years hundreds of travel articles and books have been written about the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College has compiled an in-depth website highlighting this history. (Learn more…)




2019 Featured Events!

Moonshine Passports – April 1 through April 13, 2019

New this year: Moonshine Passports! Get yours free at the History Museum beginning April 1. Visit Rocky Mount business places, find the Moonshine Jar, get an employee to initial your find – and bring the completed passport back to the Museum by noon on April 13. You’ll get a small prize when you turn in the completed passport – and be entered in a drawing for a grand prize to be given away at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. **Must be 21 to participate (owing to the prizes offered).

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. New T-shirts for 2019 – thanks to PurpleDog Promotions.

Visit Franklin County Historical Society or Facebook for more information.


Twin Creeks Distillery Free Tasting – Thursday, April 4, 2019

FREE TASTING IN OUR HOMETOWN!
Kick off Moonshine Month in Franklin County, Virginia with a FREE taste. Swing by the Rocky Mount, Virginia ABC Store on April 4, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM and enjoy a taste of 1st Sugar Moonshine, Sweet Mash Rye – Unaged Whiskey or Peach Brandy.


 

Rye Not? with some High West! – Thursday, April 4, 2019

The 33 at the Rocky Mount Burger Company is very excited to spice it up a bit with four great Ryes from High West.  Join The 33 on April 4th @6pm as Michelle Fines, Republic National Distributing Company leads you in this tasting.

What you’ll be tasting from High West; American Prairie Bourbon. Double Rye, Rendezvous Rye, and Campfire (a unique blend of Scotch, Bourbon, and Rye Whiskeys)

Member cost $15 | Non-Member $20

RSVP Here!


Twin Creeks Distillery Grand Opening – Saturday, April 6, 2019

Twin Creeks Distillery’s Grand Opening will take place on April 6, 2019. Don’t miss out. Grab a taste as you hear the latest news regarding Twin Creeks Distillery. FREE DECALS TOO!

Rocky Mount Marketplace Shopping Center 400 Old Franklin Turnpike Suite 100 Rocky Mount, VA 24151

For more information please visit:  Twin Creeks Website or Facebook


2019 Moonshine Jug – Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14, 2019

Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14

12991 Franklin St. Ferrum, VA 24088

This event is a two-day tournament. Come join Summit Spring Shooting and shoot up to 400 registered targets in two days. Registration and Shooting open @ 9 AM each day. Please note that you can register early on ScoringPro.

All competition targets are registered and scored by NSCA classes. Each 5-Stand Competition is different & is scored on its own. There will be two options for each event: Lewis Class & Secret Station

Lunch will be served 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. No likker will be allowed until the guns are put to bed.

For information or registration, call (540) 365-3119 or (540) 353-8580.

For more details, visit: Facebook  or Summit Spring Shooting


Moonshine Express – Sunday, April 14, 2019

We’re selling tickets! A popular “character event”, 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 got legal. Thanks to the Franklin County Historical Society’s tourism partners at Commonwealth Coach & Trolley Museum for providing transportation.

Visit Gawkers Row for a look at vehicles that hauled moonshine likker (or could have). Awards to vehicle owners. Custom dash plaques for car owners plus awards. Already on board to sponsor an award is Shively Electric. (We’ve got room for more! Give us a call at 483-1890 to sign on as an award sponsor.)

Visit Franklin County Historical Society or Facebook for more information.

Contact us to reserve your spot on this year’s tour: 540.483.1890 or use fchistorical@yahoo.com


A Post-A-Day: The Healing Strides of Virginia (HSVA)- April 15-19, 2019

There’s no horsing around with Franklin County Moonshine Heritage. The Healing Strides of Virginia (HSVA) is galloping into participation in a most interesting way.

HSVA is celebrating with a post-a-day this week on the influence of horses on the moonshine trade here around HSVA! Like and Follow the Healing Strides of Virginia Facebook Page to not miss a post – and to learn more about this terrific facility.

Healing Strides of VA (HSVA) is a non profit 501(c) 3. Serving children and adults with diverse abilities. They are the only PATH Int’l Premier Accredited Center in the Roanoke Valley and one of six Center’s of Excellence in the country as designated by the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Para Equestrian Association.

Stay tuned for interesting posts about HSVA moonshine heritage.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/healingstrides/ or www.HealingStridesOfVirginia.org for more information!


Acoustic Tunes, Talks & Tastings with Russ Rentler & Dean Smith – Thursday, April 18, 2019 @2pm

Westlake Library Branch

Russ Rentler and Dean Smith, veteran singer-songwriters and string instrumentalists, will pair up to perform their original acoustic tunes and talk about life, love, performing on the road, hardship and happiness.

In a nod to Franklin County Moonshine Heritage Month, Russ and Dean will also sing a song or two about our local history. To wet your own whistle, Twin Creeks Distillery will serve free samples of mocktails and Henry Law of Law’s Choice Distillery will sign copies of his book, “100 Proof”, which will be available for sale.

Mingling and beverages start at 2pm with live music at 2:30pm.

Reservations are required by calling 483-3098 option 2

Visit our website for more information!


 

Acoustic Tunes, Talks & Tastings with Russ Rentler & Dean Smith – Thursday, April 18, 2019 @6:30pm

Main Library Branch

Russ Rentler and Dean Smith, veteran singer-songwriters and string instrumentalists, will pair up to perform their original acoustic tunes and talk about life, love, performing on the road, hardship and happiness.

In a nod to Franklin County Moonshine Heritage Month, Russ and Dean will also sing a song or two about our local history. To wet your own whistle, Twin Creeks Distillery will serve free samples of mocktails and Henry Law of Law’s Choice Distillery will sign copies of his book, “100 Proof”, which will be available for sale.

Mingling and beverages start at 6:30pm with live music at 7pm

Reservations are required by calling 483-3098 option 0

Visit our website for more information!


“Art On the Corner” @Whole Bean Coffeehouse – Friday, April 19, 2019

Come and enjoy the various works of Donna Boles, Carol Yopp, and Suzanne Ross at the Whole Bean Coffeehouse on Friday, April 19th from 4 – 6pm. During this time, author Rodger Doss will be signing copies of his book “Shine: A Story of Moonshine, Murder, and the Birth of Southern Racing”.

Attend and meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. The Whole Bean Coffeehouse is located at 315 Franklin St. Rocky Mount, VA.

Visit our website or Facebook for updates.


Jubal Early Moonshine Fest- Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

50 Floyd Ave. Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Come celebrate Moonshine Heritage Month at the Early Inn! Admission to the event is FREE!
There will be great music, delicious food, Moonshine tastings from local distilleries, fun games, meet and greets with local distilleries, and much more!! We can’t wait to see you there for a night of Franklin County’s Finest fun!

Please visit the Early Inn  or Facebook for more information.


Field Trip to Twin Creeks – Tuesday, April 23, 2019

This will be a Field Trip you don’t want to miss from The 33 at the Rocky Mount Burger Company.  With handheld stop signs and holding hands (not really); you’ll cross Franklin street and have your tasting at Twin Creeks Distillery’s new Tasting room at 6pm.

But it gets better.  The 33 Whiskey Club will have the distinguished honor of being the first to experience and taste their Barrell Aged Whiskey.  This is not available anywhere else and you will be the first!

Like every field trip, there will be an educational component.  Chris Prillaman, Master Distiller will do an authentic Show and Tell of the still and regale you with tales of Makin’ Likker.

This tasting also comes with commemorative glassware.  So celebrate Franklin County Moonshine Heritage Month with The 33 and Twin Creeks Distillery.

Member cost $20 | Non-Member $25

RSVP Here!


Night of Makin’ Likker – Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

50 Floyd Ave. Rocky Mount, VA 24151

The Night of Makin’ Likker event under the Big Pavilion and at Twin Creeks Distillery’s new location!!
Join Early Inn while you continue to celebrate Moonshine Heritage Month! This will be a night that will be hard to forget! Tickets are limited so DON’T wait to get yours!

The basic ticket will include:
– “Likker” tastings at Twin Creeks new location in Rocky Mount.
– Appetizers, Entree, and Dessert prepared by our wonderful Chef Agnes under the big Pavilion.
– One signature Cocktail
– Onsite Parking

The inclusive ticket includes:
– Everything included in the basic ticket.
– A night’s stay at our 5 star Early Inn at the Grove.
– A hot breakfast the next morning prepared by Chef Agnes the next morning.

For more information visit: Early Inn or Facebook


Meet Your Moonshiner – LIVE Distilling – Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 3-9 p.m.

Come out to Franklin County Distilleries to experience on the patio distilling in a brand new still – and meet the new Master Distiller.

If you missed the last live distilling, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. It’s going to be a fun night, filled with all kinds of moonshine stories.

Birthed and bottled in the Moonshine Capital of the World, Franklin County, Va., FCD White Label Corn Whiskey builds on the brand that bootleggers built.

Distilling – a Franklin County Tradition.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/FranklinCountyDistilleries/ or www.FranklinCountyDistilleries.com


 

Moonshine Heritage Car Show – Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum of Ferrum College, will host the Moonshine Heritage Car Show on Saturday, April 27.

The show will highlight cars that either have a moonshine hauling history or were the type of vehicle that was used for transporting liquor. All cars have to be pre-registered.  The show will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All entries will receive a special decal commemorating the 4th Annual Moonshine Heritage Car Show.

The car show is open to the public with FREE admission and food available for purchase from Bowling’s Hot Dogs.

Please visit The Blue Ridge Institute or the Registration Form for additional information.


 

New Tech @ The Gereau Center: The Quilted Road – All month, April 2019

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