Franklin County Historical Society Celebrates Moonshine Heritage Month with Annual Event

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Virginia. – You can’t talk about Franklin County history without talking about moonshine.

“They will tell true stories of how alcohol is made in Franklin County, the Moonlight Capital of the World, and we are at the county seat of the Moonlight Capital of the World, which is Rocky Mount,” said Linda Stanley, the general manager. of the Franklin County Historical Society.

To kick off Moonshine Heritage Month, the company held its annual event, the Moonshine Express, after having to cancel last year due to the pandemic.

“It’s kind of special because a lot of people think they know alcohol and think they know moonshine, but we’re telling them the facts,” Stanley added.

[READ MORE: How did Franklin County become the Moonshine Capital of the World?]

The facts come from the people who made moonshine before moonshine was legal, including Henry Lee Law. Law is a third generation moonshiner.

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“To be able to do it now, after all these years, because it was illegal for so many years. Now everything has changed so much, being legal, that we can go out and talk about it. For so many years, we don’t ‘we couldn’t talk about it,’ Law said.

There were also actors who dressed the role and told old stories. Crowds enjoyed everything the Moonshine Express had to offer, including live music, vendors and more.

“We have distillers coming in, we’re selling moonshine books that tell the real story. We have old cars that carried contraband alcohol or could have,” Stanley said.

From lessons on alcohol to making moonshine, the event was more than just time travel.

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