Franklin County, Virginia

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Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 47,286. Its county seat is Rocky Mount[1].

Franklin County is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and located in the Roanoke Region of Virginia[2]. It is not to be confused with Franklin, VA, an independent city in southeast Virginia.



The county was formed in 1785 from parts of Bedford County and Henry County. It was named for Benjamin Franklin. This county was home to Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early, and Booker T. Washington, a slave who became one of the main civil rights activists of his era. During Prohibition, local wits named Franklin County the "Moonshine Capital of the World," a name trumpeted today by the local chamber of commerce, although it is still being made commonly in the area [3]. In 2002, a book was written about The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935 in the County.[4] Since the 1980s, much residential development has occurred around Smith Mountain Lake, attracting both commuters to Roanoke, Lynchburg, Martinsville, and Danville and many retirees, and has driven the county's population growth.


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