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Historical Markers in Franklin County, Virginia

Clickable Map of Franklin County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Franklin County, VA (25) Bedford County, VA (182) Floyd County, VA (24) Henry County, VA (10) Patrick County, VA (43) Pittsylvania County, VA (24) Roanoke County, VA (21)  FranklinCounty(25) Franklin County (25)  BedfordCounty(182) Bedford County (182)  FloydCounty(24) Floyd County (24)  HenryCounty(10) Henry County (10)  PatrickCounty(43) Patrick County (43)  PittsylvaniaCounty(24) Pittsylvania County (24)  RoanokeCounty(21) Roanoke County (21)
Rocky Mount is the county seat for Franklin County
Adjacent to Franklin County, Virginia
      Bedford County (182)  
      Floyd County (24)  
      Henry County (10)  
      Patrick County (43)  
      Pittsylvania County (24)  
      Roanoke County (21)  
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1 Virginia, Franklin County, Boones Mill — Jubal A. Early Homeplace
Jubal A. Early Homeplace Circa 1814 has been designated Virginia Historic Landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places 1997Map (db m87173) HM
2 Virginia, Franklin County, Boones Mill — Jubal Early HomeplaceUnreconstructed Confederate General
This is the childhood home of Jubal Anderson Early, who was born on November 3, 1816. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1837 and served as a lieutenant in the Seminole War in Florida before resigning in 1838. He practiced . . . Map (db m87172) HM
3 Virginia, Franklin County, Boones Mill — Z-69 — Roanoke County / Franklin County
Roanoke County. Area 305 Square Miles. Formed in 1838 from Botetourt and Montgomery, and probably named for Roanoke River. General Andrew Lewis lived here. The city of Roanoke is known as the Gate City of the South. Franklin . . . Map (db m58381) HM
4 Virginia, Franklin County, Gills Creek — A-98 — Taylor’s Store
Here stood Taylor’s Store, established in 1799 by Skelton Taylor, a lieutenant in the Bedford County militia during the Revolutionary War. After Franklin County was formed, Taylor became a militia captain and overseer of the poor. His store and . . . Map (db m65624) HM
5 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — A-95 — Birthplace of General Jubal Early
Near this place, on land occupied since the 1780s by the Early family, Confederate General Jubal Early was born in 1816, The General practiced law in Franklin County and served in the Mexican War before the Civil War. Early fought in more . . . Map (db m65625) HM
6 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — KP-14 — Booker T. Washington Birthplace
Booker T. Washington was born a slave on the nearby Burroughs plantation on April 5, 1856. He was graduated from Hampton Institute in 1875 where he became an instructor. Because of his achievements as an educator, he was selected to establish a . . . Map (db m65611) HM
7 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — Booker T. Washington National Monument
" whole life has largely been one of surprises. I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements of this kind if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day of his life—that is, tries to make . . . Map (db m137945) HM
8 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — Booker T. Washington's Birthplace
Booker T. Washington, the renowned African-American leader and educator, was born into slavery on this plantation and freed here after the Civil War ended. At this national monument, you can learn about his childhood in slavery, living here with . . . Map (db m137933) HM
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9 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — Carry Me Home Reported permanently removed
A slave has died. As in Africa, mourners keep all-night vigil, chanting loudly and praying. When the next day's work is done, friends of the dead slave gather from surrounding farms. Then the long procession marches out—songs and shouts, drums . . . Map (db m209518) HM
10 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — Freed Here, At Last
Booker Taliaferro, his mother Jane, elder brother John Henry, younger sister Amanda, aunt Sophia, uncle Monroe, and cousin Sally were freed here in 1865. You can walk down to the site of emancipation, where the "Big House" was located. You can stand . . . Map (db m137943) HM
11 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — How Tobacco Farms Used Slavery
Tobacco was the only crop grown on this farm that was sold for cash or bartered for goods. Corn, vegetables, and animals were raised to feed the people on the plantation. If a crop failed or if the tobacco barn burned down during the curing process, . . . Map (db m137944) HM
12 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — I think that I owe a great deal of my present strength and ability to work to my love of... — Booker T. Washington National Monument —
I think that I owe a great deal of my present strength and ability to work to my love of outdoor life. Booker T. Washington As you walk along the Jack-O-Lantern Branch Trail, the woods, streams, and fields are the same as . . . Map (db m209520) HM
13 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — Jack-O-Lantern Branch Trail
To the slave, the forest offered more than hunting, fishing, or food. The woods were a place to meet, to rest, even to worship, away from the owner's gaze. Today, as in Booker Washington's childhood, half of this farm is forest. A 1½-mile . . . Map (db m137982) HM
14 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — Slavery on the Plantation
When Booker lived here as a child with his family, about ten enslaved people of African descent worked and lived on this plantation. The enslaved worked every day, for long hours, in heat and cold. They worked to keep the farm profitable, so the . . . Map (db m137978) HM
15 Virginia, Franklin County, Hardy — The Landscape of Slavery Reported missing
September 1861. Half the slaves of the South live, labor, and die on small farms like this, worked by fewer than 20 slaves. Slaves build barns, fix houses, clear fields, work gardens, fed animals, weave cloth, and sweat out the toughest domestic . . . Map (db m209517) HM
16 Virginia, Franklin County, Rocky Mount — A-96 — Carolina Road
Here through the Maggoty Gap, the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to Georgia, known locally as the Carolina Road, passes through the Blue Ridge. Originating as the Great Warrior Path of the Iroquois centuries before, the path was frequently used . . . Map (db m63203) HM
17 Virginia, Franklin County, Rocky Mount — Ferrum College
Ten miles southwest is Ferrum, named for iron mines nearby. Ferrum College was established by the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church in 1913 through the influence of its Woman’s Society of Christian Service. It became a junior college . . . Map (db m63206) HM
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18 Virginia, Franklin County, Rocky Mount — First Franklin County Court
Here at the house and ordinary of Col. James Callaway, proprietor of the Washington Iron Works, the first Franklin County court met to organize the new county on Monday, Jan. 2, 1976. The iron works had been established here by 1773 by Col. John . . . Map (db m65984) HM
19 Virginia, Franklin County, Rocky Mount — A-93 — Fort Blackwater
Near here stood a stockade erected by Capt. Nathaniel Terry and garrisoned by men under his command. Washington made “Terry’s Fort” a link in his chain of forts and inspected it in the fall of 1756.Map (db m63202) HM
20 Virginia, Franklin County, Rocky Mount — Franklin County — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail —
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 . . . Map (db m71564) HM
21 Virginia, Franklin County, Rocky Mount — Norfolk and Western CabooseClass: C31P No: 518631 — Built: January, 1970 —
One in a class of 200 built by International Railway Car Company, Kenton, Ohio between December, 1968 and February, 1970. The “P” denotes pool service and meant the caboose could travel any portion of the N & W System. Before air . . . Map (db m71566) HM
22 Virginia, Franklin County, Rocky Mount — A-60 — Rocky Mount
This place was established as the county seat when Franklin County was formed. The first court was held in March, 1786. The first (log) courthouse was replaced in 1831. In 1836 the town consisted of 30 dwellings and a number of business houses. . . . Map (db m65950) HM
23 Virginia, Franklin County, Rocky Mount — A-97 — Washington Iron Works
Here stands the furnace and ironmaster’s house of the Washington Iron Works, Franklin County’s first industry. Originally established in 1773 by Col. John Donelson, father-in-law of President Andrew Jackson, the iron plantation was acquired in 1779 . . . Map (db m65983) HM
24 Virginia, Franklin County, Snow Creek — Z-73 — Franklin County / Henry County
Franklin County. Area 697 Square Miles. Formed in 1785 from Henry and Bedford and added to from Patrick. Named for Benjamin Franklin. General Jubal A. Early lived in this county. Henry County. Area 444 Square . . . Map (db m63193) HM
25 Virginia, Franklin County, Westlake Corner — KP-20 — Smith Mountain LakeFranklin County
Appalachian Power Company built Smith Mountain and Leesville Dams between 1960 and 1963 to generate hydroelectric energy. West of Smith Mountain Dam, the waters of the Roanoke and Blackwater Rivers formed Smith Mountain Lake, covering 20,600 . . . Map (db m104438) HM
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Mar. 2, 2024