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There’s history of all types in Franklin County.
You can see where Booker T. Washington spent his early years as an enslaved person on a local plantation before going on to become one of the nation’s leading educators, writers and civil rights leaders.
Located in Ferrum, the Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum is the Commonwealth’s official center for Blue Ridge Folklore, and features exhibits and a living farm museum (with live animals!) that interprets and presents the folk heritage of the region.
And in addition to the museums and historic sites, you’re likely to meet a few locals in Franklin County who are happy to share their own family tales and legends, including a few stories about how the county came to be the Moonshine Capital of the World.
Below is a list of historic sites and organizations in Franklin County.