The Southwest Virginia Heritage Guide lists museums, archives, libraries, resource organizations, and historical sites related to the regionís history and folk culture.

Franklin County

Blue Ridge Farm Museum
W. Franklin St. (Route 40), Ferrum College, Ferrum 24088
(540) 365-4416
1800 Virginia-German living history farm with heirloom gardens, period livestock breeds, and costumed interpreters.
Open mid-May to mid-Aug, Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm. Group tours Apr-Oct, any day by appointment.
Admission charged.

Blue Ridge Institute and Museum
W. Franklin St. (Route 40), Ferrum College, Ferrum 24088
(540) 365-4416
The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore. Changing exhibits on folklife and folk arts; folklife archive.
Open year-round Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, mid-May to mid-Aug, 1-5pm.

Carolina Road Site
Waid Recreation Park, Waid Park Rd., Rocky Mount 24151
(540) 483-9293
Only known preserved section of this famous colonial road.

Depot Community and Hospitality Center
52 Franklin St., Rocky Mount 24151
(540) 483-7660
Local information.

First Virginia Bank Museum
369 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount 24151
(540) 489-6940
Open Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm & 3:30-5pm.

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
261 Franklin St., Rocky Mount 24151
(540) 483-9542
Local information.
Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Franklin County Historical Society, Inc.
95 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount 24151
(540) 483-1890
Historical and genealogical records.
Open Mon-Sat, 9am-3pm; Sun, 1-3pm.

Franklin County Public Library
120 East Court St., Rocky Mount 24151
(540) 483-3098
Genealogical research.
Open Mon, Tues, Thurs, 8:30am-8pm; Wed, 8:30am-5pm; Fri and Sat, 8:30am-5pm.

Booker T. Washington National Monument
12130 Booker T. Washington Hwy. (Route 122), Hardy 24101-9688
(540) 721-2094
Birthplace of famous United States black educator. Restored farm buildings, exhibits, and an audio-visual program.
Open 9am-5pm; closed holidays.

Hales Ford Academy
7250 Brooks Mill Rd., Wirtz 24184
(540) 721-2621
Restored one-room school museum, 1890s curriculum, furnishings and hands-on experiences.
Call school board office for appointment.

Franklin County Courthouse
120 East Court St., Rocky Mount 24151
(540) 483-3065
Historical and genealogical resources.
Open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm.