Franklin County VA
MOONSHINE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits. FRANKLIN COUNTY IS LAWLESS – ROCKY MOUNT GOES HOLLYWOOD
Based on the book “Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant and Franklin County’s Moonshine Conspiracy. The loyalty of three Franklin County Bootlegging Brothers inspired this real life tale in these Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Visit the official Lawless the movie website here.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, AS IT IS TOLD, WAS BUILT ON 90% MOONSHINE MONEY
BREAKING NEWS: Franklin County will now have two legal distilleries in 2016. One a couple blocks from the B&B in Rocky Mount and the other in Boones Mill. We will update this page if they ever open any tasting rooms, but as of 2016 they will be selling to ABC stores. Article: Virginia county distillery first to sell moonshine legally since before prohibition
The Claiborne House is just a short walk to the Franklin County Courthouse where part of this story took place. The end of our street you’ll find The Grainery, which sits beside the railroad tracks and was the hustle and bustle for the sugar sales. Walk to the Historical Society.
Click here to see Morris Stephenson’s Column about guests here visiting Franklin County Virginia “From Amsterdam to Franklin County” and about his book “A Night of Makin’ Likker and Other Stories from the Moonshine Capital of the World.”