There’s something about fall that evokes a sense of adventure. Maybe it’s the cool, clean air or the explosion of color, but there’s an undeniable feeling of wanting to get outside and be immersed in the natural beauty of the season. The only issue is trying to figure out exactly where to go, when every area of Virginia offers exquisite scenery. You could start by venturing out on a
fall foliage road trip, but if you’d like to get your fill of small town charm, the town of Rocky Mount should be your next destination.
Tucked away in the western Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Rocky Mount transforms into an autumnal haven in the fall. The rolling hills so characteristic of this region in Virginia become dazzling with their fall colors. Seen from afar, the town of Rocky Mount appears just as charming as it is up close.
The town is considered to be part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and holds a population of just under 5,000. Though small in size, Rocky Mount is an important business and government center of Franklin County, for which it is the county seat.
The Franklin County Courthouse is one of the most memorable landmarks in town. Built in 1909, this stately building is symbolic of the first courthouse meeting that was held in the area in 1756 after the Revolutionary War. The courthouse that existed during this time was constructed from logs.
Rocky Mount has achieved a fine balance of honoring its history while also looking ahead, particularly in regards to art and music. Your trip to this area won’t be complete without a visit to the Rocky Mount Center for the Arts, which hosts beautiful exhibits of local artists. The building itself, located on 220 Franklin Street, is decorated with beautiful murals.
As part of the Crooked Road music trail, Rocky Mount has one of the most impressive performance spaces in the area. The Harvester Performance Center features artists from near and far for an evening of fine entertainment.
And don’t forget to grab a bite to eat! There are plenty of local stops you’ll find strolling around Main Street. A particular favorite is Bootleggers Cafe, located in a historic Coca Cola building. If you’re really looking for something tasty to sink your teeth into, don’t miss the Philly Burger. This kitchen uses local ingredients to create some unforgettable meals.
If you’d like to extend your stay in Rocky Mount to more than a day (and I wouldn’t blame you) what better place to rest for an evening or two than the scenic Claiborne House? This charming bed & breakfast is accommodating and the innkeepers will be more than happy to suggest a thing or two to make your time in town even more memorable.
Whether you're here for an afternoon or all weekend, you'll have some of the fondest fall memories of your time spent in Rocky Mount. From walking the colorful streets or enjoying the natural beauty, there's so much to love about this gem of a Southern Virginia town.
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