Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rocky Mount goes Hollywood

Franklin County, self-appointed "Moonshine Capital of the World," will have its story brought to the silver screen in the upcoming movie "Lawless," which is scheduled to open in theaters this week.
Based on the true story of the Bondurant Brothers here in Franklin County, Virginia
Here is the Franklin County pick up truck parked in front of the packed movie theater tonight for the show

Excerpt: Head south down U.S. 220 to Rocky Mount, and soon you'll probably find yourself crossing the W.N. Angle Memorial Bridge near the center of town (one block behind the Claiborne House).

It rises high over the railroad tracks, above a stretch of factory buildings and warehouses that make up Ply Gem, a window manufacturing outfit that's one of the town's biggest employers.

A stone's throw down the same block you'll find the oddly shaped art gallery The Grainery, a building that has not a single right angle.

This is pretty much all that remains of Franklin Grocery & Grain, a once-thriving former wholesale operation that for decades supplied foodstuffs and other items to stores all over Franklin County and beyond.

The business played another key role in Franklin County commerce. It bought sugar by the train and truckload, hundreds of tons annually in the late 1940s and 1950s and beyond.

Most of that wound up in stills deep in surrounding wooded hollows, in places like Snow Creek, Ferrum and Endicott. 

The result was the product the county remains most famous for: untaxed corn whiskey, which fueled Franklin's self-appointed reputation as "Moonshine Capital of the World."

Most of those stills are gone now, but moonshine is still a 
big business in Rocky Mount.

...read the entire article here in the Roanoke Times.
LISTEN TO THE LEGEND RALPH STANLEY ON THE SOUNDTRACK FOR LAWLESS HERE WITH EMMYLOU HARRIS.

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of Rocky Mount, the Grainery is at the end of our street, the Franklin County Courthouse just a couple blocks walk. 

We had guests meet Cecil Love when he introduced himself to them at a DQ jam session, told them he was arrested for moonshinin' at age 84 last year, and the judge let him off due to his fine character. They loved it!

ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

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