Located in the rolling eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a small southern town, we like to call this the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge. Stay with us and you will be just 15 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. the Blue Ridge Parkway is unabashedly America’s drive-through National Park, it is 469 miles long with zero stops. We hope you will enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway which is “America’s Favorite Drive.” Bring your camera, your sunscreen and your hiking boots.
We are at the starting point for The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail right here in Rocky Mount, bluegrass was invented in SW Virginia. Feel free to bring your banjos, fiddles and other strangs to pick on our wrap around southern porch! Walk to the Harvester Performance Center for some amazing concerts. The Harvester is the greatest thing since sliced bread, as the saying goes. Shows are very affordable and a few nights per week in every genre from bluegrass, to beach music to well-known musicians.
If you dig history, Booker T Washington National Monument is just a short drive from The Claiborne House. Feel chills as you stand where young Booker stood when the rider arrived and proclaimed everyone free. Appomattox Courthouse is an hour and 15 from us, this is where our country reunited in 1865. Speaking of the Civil War, did you know Confederate General Jubal A Early (General Lee’s right-hand man also called the “Bad boy of the Confederacy”) was from right here in Franklin County Virginia? Franklin County nicknamed “The Moonshine Capital of the World” and for good reason. No, we won’t serve moonshine with breakfast, but thanks for asking. So come on out to Virginia and walk in the footsteps of history.
Interested in water sports or fishing and boating? We have the fantastic Smith Mountain Lake with its 500 miles of shoreline for all things water related and fun festivals, or enjoy our other scenic mountain lake, Philpott Lake with hiking trails, good fishin’ and swimmin’ holes; we have two Lakes for you to visit and an abundance of outdoor recreation and natural beauty. The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is just 25 minutes south of Roanoke and 30 minutes from I-81 in Virginia. Come on out to Rocky Mount and sit a spell, your porch is waiting.
No curfews, come and go as you please and enjoy everything we have on offer. We hope you can park it and walk to the Harvester and enjoy this southern Town of Rocky Mount.