A Heritage of Likker Makin'

The fires are alive again in the hills of Franklin County!

Celebrating the Moonshine Capital of the World featuring special events throughout June! The Moonshine Heritage exhibit is free and open to the public seven days a week from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Please call before arriving as the Speakeasy Display may be closed due to private events.

MOONSHINE HERITAGE EXHIBIT June 1 - 23, 2018 - 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

White lightning, mountain dew, hooch... no matter what you've heard it called, the polarizing, fascinating and scandalous history surrounding moonshine has retained a loyal following throughout the region's evolution.

From June 1 - 23, 2018, The Grand Old Lady celebrates the Moonshine Capital of the World with an exhibition and events features the underground, illegal, yet romantic trade, sharing the true history of moonshining in Virginia's Blue Ridge interwoven with the history of The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

In partnership with Franklin County Distillers and with assistance from the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College, the exhibit will feature moonshine still displays, historical photography, folklore tales, and tasting with food pairings of locally distilled likker'. Savor the flavor that dubbed Franklin County and the region the Moonshine Capital of the World.


June 2 & June 16 - 7:30 p.m.

Shine and dine in the speakeasy with a variety of offerings from Franklin County Distillers and a moonshine culinary demonstration from Executive Chef Stephen Demarco. As of recent, moonshine has exited the past and resurfaced in the present with the same look, same kick, and same appeal it possessed back in the day.

Pushing the boundaries of consumer expectations around moonshine, The Grand Old Lady is excited to collaborate exclusively with Franklin County Distillers in Boones Mill, VA to serve our guests only the best! Guests will enjoy reception style culinary demonstration with recipes from Executive Chef DeMarco, with pairings and samplings from Franklin County Distillers. It's a backwoods meets fine dining experience you won't want to miss!

Space is very limited for both evenings. For reservations, please call 540.853.8280 or email us here.


We invite you to taste the history of the Moonshine Capital of the World every Friday (through June 22) with Franklin County Distilleries! Homegrown in Franklin County, the tasting will feature Franklin County Distiller products which all are slow run, small batch, and distilled using locally sourced products and some of the cleanest, Blue Ridge Mountain fed, water in America.

FCD’s line of products are perfect for sipping by themselves, enjoying on the rocks, and pair beautifully with any number of traditional drink recipes and juices.


JUNE 9 & JUNE 23

The fires are alive again in the hills of Franklin County! Join The Grand Old Lady and Franklin County Distillers for an evening of murder and mystery in the hills of The Moonshine Capital of the World! An interactive comedic murder mystery where you play detective helping the cast figure out whodunnit. The audience will be divided into Sutton’s and Anderson’s - one side of the feud or the other. And they will have a chance to question us.

Space is limited, so purchase your tickets and reserve your spot before these sell out! The cost of this event is $55 per person and includes dinner in The Regency Overlook and a moonshine tasting (cocktails or tastings).

For tickets, please call 540.853.8280 or email us here.


Franklin County has always been an historical crossroads and center for local cultural exchange. The Scotch-Irish settled in southwest Virginia and brought with them recipes and techniques for distilling spirits that are still used today. Franklin County Distilleries (FCD) incorporates that history and culture into all of our products as we look to the future. Here at Franklin County Distilleries, our products are crafted to mirror the brands that bootleggers built, and offer a true taste of history and heritage in every bottle.

All FCD Heritage Spirits are small batch distilled in a pot still. The spirits are proofed at 100 to allow for richer and deeper flavors. They strive to use as many locally sourced ingredients as they can find in the distilling process. FCD’s line of spirits are perfect for sipping by themselves, enjoying on the rocks, and pair beautifully with any number of traditional drink recipes and juices.

Visit the tasting room in Boones Mill, Virginia, and purchase by the drink or by the bottle.


For over 40 years Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute & Museum has documented the folkways of the people living in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. Through gallery exhibitions, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, the Blue Ridge Farm Museum, the Blue Ridge Heritage Archives, and innovative outreach programming, the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum promotes a special understanding of regional folklife for all ages and audiences. At the same time the Institute's focus adds a unique element to Ferrum College's modern academic programs.

Visit the Blue Ridge Institute's online exhibit Moonshine - Blue Ridge Style

Museum Galleries—The galleries are open year-round, no reservation necessary. Admission is free. The gallery exhibitions are self-guided, but lectures/guided tours are available by reservation; fees vary. The gallery hours are as follows:

    Spring, Fall, and Winter: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Summer (mid-May – mid-August): Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Farm Museum—The Blue Ridge Farm Museum is open seasonally. See details below. Admission is charged, and prices vary by program, tour type, and hands-on activities. Call for details.

    For walk-in visitors the Farm Museum is open weekends only, May 6 through Labor Day weekend. The hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
    For reserved group tours (8 or more people), the Farm Museum is open any day April — October.

Blue Ridge Heritage Archives—Open weekdays year-round by reservation.

BRI Offices— Open weekdays year-round, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.