BLUE RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS
BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE AND FARM
Visitors to the Blue Ridge Institute and Farm at Ferrum College are transported into the past, as costumed interpreters prepare meals, bake bread, and perform farm chores in the same manner as the German-American farmers of the 1800s. On the fourth Saturday of each October, the entire campus at Ferrum College is transformed into a celebration of regional traditions. 'The Folklife Festival', as the event is known, features gospel, ballad, and blues music performed on three stages, a horse pull and coon dog competition, and a showcase for old-time customs and crafts. Animal handlers have a chance to demonstrate their skill at the annual Blue Ridge Draft Horse and MuleShow, hosted by the college on the fourth Saturday of each July. Traditional mountain music, as authenticated by collectors and folklorists, is preserved at the Blue Ridge Institute's recording studio.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Experience America's Favorite Drive: The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road – it is a beautiful journey that entices visitors to explore a 469-mile gateway to America’s rich cultural heritage. For more information visit our website at http://www.blueridgeparkway.org or the National Park Service at http://www.nps.gov/blri
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON NATIONAL MONUMENT
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week
BOONES MILL APPLE FESTIVAL
Since 1978, the main street in the tiny town of Boones Mill has closed to traffic on the third Saturday in September for the annual 'Boones Mill Apple Festival.' Over sixty churches and civic groups set up concession stands with plenty of food, crafts, and, of course, apple products. Highlights of the day include an art show, pony rides for the children, and live country music. The event is capped off with a parade and the crowning of Miss Apple Festival and Jr. Miss Apple Festival, followed by a concert given by the Franklin County High School Band. Annually, the 268 residents of Boones Mill have an estimated 6,500 guests attend their 'Apple Festival.'
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail” began as an idea in January 2003. The basis of the idea is to generate tourism and economic development in the Appalachian region of Southwestern Virginia by focusing on the region’s unique musical heritage. Response to the concept from communities, musicians, music venues, and tourism organizations was positive and immediate. As a result of this enthusiasm, “The Crooked Road” now includes ten counties, three cities, ten towns, five regional planning districts, four state agencies, two tourism organizations, and a large number of music venues.
FRANKLIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
508 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed on Wednesday & Sunday
Contact: Linda Stanley
The Franklin County Public Library features the research of Mrs. Gertrude Mann, housed in a local history room that bears her name. Other genealogy sources available at the public library include the Raney Collection, which is family files from Franklin, Bedford, and Pittsylvania Counties; and the Garrett Collection on microfilm, which deals with families from the southern part of Franklin County and Henry County. A large number of published volumes, census records, maps, and CD-ROMs round out the collection.
Contact: Dorothy Hodges
HARVESTER PERFORMANCE CENTER
Harvester Performance Center is a new (2014) event venue located in Rocky Mount, VA. The Harvester can seat up to 475 depending on the seating arrangement. They have stand-up shows as well. Each event will have a configuration to fit the genre of music or event being presented. For every event, our venue will be set to impress and to enhance your concert experience. All seating is general admission, there are no reserved seats. Website: http://www.harvester-music.com/
LORDS ACRE SALE
Fall in Franklin County brings a change in the color of the leaves, cooler nights, and the yearly 'Lord's Acre Sale'. Beginning in 1964 with just a handful of participants, the event now has nearly fifty churches of all denominations joining in the celebration. Currently held in the High School parking lot on the third Saturday in October, the 'Lord's Acre Sale' offers congregations a chance to raise money for building projects, educational opportunities, missionary work, or other important church needs. After a year of planning and work, church members sell apple butter, quilts, crafts, woodworking projects, and other products produced by their talents.
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE FALL FOILAGE FESTIVAL
October is time for the annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Foliage Festival, featuring arts and crafts, a flea market, food, music, a tractor pull, antique boats, cloggers, and apple butter making. Contact the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce for more information about this event.
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE HOME TOUR
During the first weekend of each October, visitors to Smith Mountain Lake can experience both the autumn beauty of the locale, as well as the architectural splendor of some of the area's magnificent homes. To benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Smith Mountain Lake Home Tour provides a unique opportunity for the public to visit a number of elegant homes, reflecting a variety of architectural and decorating styles. An additional highlight of the tour is the gala held at a nearby country club. The gala features live entertainment, delectable hors d'oeuvres, and an auction of donated items, such as jewelry, art, and trips. For ticket prices and information on the home tour and gala, call (540)-297-4243.
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE WINE FESTIVAL
Since 1989, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival has attracted over three thousand connoisseurs each September. With participation by 16 wineries, 25 clothing and merchandise vendors, six food vendors, and two bands, the festival has become one of the lake's most popular and longest running events. Proceeds benefit the local chapter of M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce/Partnership. Contact the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce for more information about this event.