“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rocky Mount in Franklin County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Franklin County


—The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail —

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By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
1. Franklin County Marker
Inscription. Franklin County. Welcome to Franklin County, the eastern gateway to The Crooked Road, a journey through Southwest Virginia's musical heritage that winds through the Appalachian Mountains for 265 miles. Franklin County has always been a cultural crossroads where black and white musicians shared ideas and learned from each other. The music they created is kept alive in frequent jam sessions and concerts. The Community and Hospitality Center in Rocky Mount will help you find them, as well as historic and outdoor recreation opportunities.

The farmstead (now a National Monument) where a great American, Booker T. Washington, was born a slave is located here and the colonial wagon road to Carolina and the West can be seen here. Ferrum College is home to the Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum, an important Virginia institution dedicated to the craft and music traditions of Virginia. Smith Mountain Lake, Bald Knob, and the hiking trails and blueways of Franklin County allow visitors to experience the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge.

The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Coalfields region, southwest Virginia is blessed with historic and contemporary music venues, musicians, and fretted instrument makers. Historically isolated, the region retained its strong
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By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
2. Franklin County Marker
musical legacy by passing traditions down through musical families to an appreciative community.

Old time mountain music, bluegrass, and gospel can be enjoyed all year long and several museums are devoted to showcasing the area’s rich musical heritage.

The Crooked Road winds through the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains and leads you to the major hotspots of old time mountain music, country music, and bluegrass. Alive and kickin’ for today’s fans, these venues preserve and celebrate musical traditions passed down through generations. Annual festivals, weekly concerts, radio shows, and jam sessions ring out to large audiences and intimate gatherings. Please visit the Crooked Road website to plan your trip to coincide with the current entertainment events.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 0.076′ N, 79° 53.527′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, Virginia, in Franklin County. Marker is on Franklin Street (Virginia Route 40) just south of North Main Street (Business U.S. 220). Click for map. It is at the old train depot, now the Rocky Mount Community & Hospitality Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 55 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount VA 24151, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least
Franklin County Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
3. Franklin County Marker
8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norfolk and Western Caboose (here, next to this marker); Rocky Mount (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Franklin County Court (approx. 0.8 miles away); Washington Iron Works (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ferrum College (approx. 3.6 miles away); Carolina Road (approx. 3.6 miles away); Fort Blackwater (approx. 3.6 miles away); Taylor’s Store (approx. 9.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rocky Mount.
Also see . . .  Blue Ridge Institute & Museum: Songs of Virginia Tragedies. “Songs documenting actual history were more popular years ago, though they are still being sung and written today. Some, such as the eighteenth-century ‘Battle Song of the Great Kanawha,’ have survived only as texts in folksong collections. Others, such as ‘The Wreck of the Old 97,’ not only remain in oral tradition but also have been commercially recorded by professional musicians. A good song of murder or hardship grabs the heart; when the events are real, the grip is all the stronger.” (Submitted on February 2, 2014.) 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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