Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mountain Life Tour and Getaway Package

Mountain Life Guided Tour
Family Life and Culture in western Franklin County Virginia during the height of moonshine era.

 "He was only a boy, 15 or 16 years old when caught hauling sugar..."

Inherited from their ancestors, families had a fierce streak of self-reliance. They farmed and raised children without "government help'. Pigs, sheep, beef, cows, chickens and gardens of vegetable and grains, supplemented by hunting, provided all their food.

Like women everywhere, they craved art - - just the medium was different. Women of this area created their own art; they took great pride in baking the lightest cakes--even when using cast iron pans; sewing intricate quilt pieces; molding butter with pretty designs; putting up glass jars of fruit in deep, rich colors.

Cost is just $20 per person, adults only please
Available April thru October Thursday, Friday and Saturday (other months weather permitting). Tour is available for 2 to 4 guests at a time.
Call 540-263-8319

Brought to you by 
Community Partnership for Revitalization
335 South Main St, Rocky Mount VA 24151

Tour is approximately 3 hours - 60 miles round trip
A Mountain Life Guided Tour begins in Rocky Mount, Virginia and continues to Blue Ridge Institute and Museum in Ferrum, then on to Endicott and returns back to Ferrum.  Driving along the way you will see:

  1. St James Church, established in 1896
  2. Long Branch Primitive Baptist Church constituted in 1824
  3. Hear Stories of families living in the area 1920-1950's and of Deputy Sheriffs working area in 1920-1930's.
  4. See the hills and hollows and ride the roads where moonshine was made and hauled
  5. Visit the Franklin County Historical Society where "Old Times are Not Forgotten"

"Rumor has it that 90% of this county was built on moonshine money."

Franklin County Virginia is known as "The Moonshine Capital of the World" as described in Matt Bondurant's book "The Wettest County" and portrayed in the movie "Lawless."
Two license plates helped conceal the cargo when they ran across state lines
If you would like to make this a special getaway package, please click here for details! 
Be one of the first to experience this tour here in Franklin County.