Franklin Southampton, Virginia
Once a railroad and steamboat hub of commerce, the City of Franklin is a laid-back community compared to the larger cities just miles away. The welcoming Visitor Center, in the old railroad depot, is in the heart of the historic area. You’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants as well as beautifully restored vintage homes, including a plush period B&B and parks perfect for an impromptu picnic. A mile or two away you’ll find familiar chain restaurants, hotels and other traveler conveniences.
Be sure to check out the mini-museum of firefighting, cast a fishing line at Barrett’s Landing on the Blackwater River and visit the Franklin Farmers Market in Downtown Franklin. In Southampton County, sprawling landscape boasts small towns waiting to be explored and more Century Farms than any other Virginia county. Scenic trails invite you and your horse to explore all the beautiful nature surrounding Southampton County. Numerous boat landings welcome casual boaters and fishermen. Hunters find abundant game and local outfitters who offer guides and comfortable lodges.
Homes from the 1800’s surround the classic courthouse and Courtland’s quaint business district. The Rawls Museum Arts, part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, exhibits work by local, regional and nationally known artists. The gift shop features the work of local artisans-jewelry, pottery, glass, paintings and fine crafts. The Southampton Agriculture and Forestry Museum/Heritage Museum-with a grist mill, saw mill, county store, schoolhouse and more-reflects rural life form the last 200 years. Here you’ll also see the Rebecca Vaughan House where the last casualties died in the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in 1831.
We invite you to Escape to Tradition and Visit Franklin Southampton VA to enjoy fun outdoor activities, learn more about our nation’s history and take in the sights of small town USA.
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