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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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New book displays county history in pictures
Pictorial history by Franklin County native available next week
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Courtesy Art: “Images of America: Franklin County” tells the county’s history during the 20th century in photographs. The book by Franklin County native James Nagy will be available for purchase next week.

Friday, September 14, 2012


Franklin County native James A. Nagy has published a pictorial history titled "Images of America: Franklin County."

The book contains more than 200 vintage images and memories of Franklin County, its people and its history, and a foreward written by former Rocky Mount Mayor Mark Newbill.

The book, which is published by Arcadia Publishing, will be available for purchase, starting Monday, Sept. 17.

The book's layout is arranged so that the reader may feel that they are taking a tour of the town in its historic form, according to Chanler Jeffers with Arcadia Publishing. Photos depicting uptown and downtown Rocky Mount show what businesses once occupied the town's buildings.

Other chapters include pictures of industry and agriculture, moonshine stills, life and death photos, school photos and a section for people and places.

Though most of the businesses shown in the book no longer exist, a lot of the buildings still stand. In addition to the photographs donated from local historians, many images were donated from local, private collections.

Nagy, a 1984 graduate of Franklin County High School, said he hopes his work will bring back fond memories of Franklin County's past and inspire those responsible for Franklin County's future. He does not consider the book to be the definitive history of Franklin County in the 20th century, but rather a part of the patchwork of literary efforts that have attempted to tell as much of the story of Franklin County as possible.

"Franklin County" is a 128-page, softcover book and will be available for purchase at area bookstores, independent and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888) 313-2665. The book is priced at $21.99.

The author will be participating in a book signing at this year's Mountain Spirits Festival in Downtown Rocky Mount on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Some of the book's historical information includes the establishment of the County of Franklin in 1786. Named after Benjamin Franklin, Franklin County was formed from parts of Bedford and Henry counties. With an area of 712 square miles, the county includes the communities of Ferrum, Endicott, Sontag, Glade Hill, Snow Creek, Henry, Penhook, Union Hall, Burnt Chimney, Callaway, Wirtz, Redwood, Scruggs, Sydnorsville and the Town of Boones Mill.

Having acquired the title of the "Moonshine Capital of the World" during Prohibition, Franklin County is also the Eastern Gateway to Virginia's Music Heritage Trail: The Crooked Road.

(Editor's Note: A list of retailers who will sell the book is not available at this time. The News-Post will print the list when it becomes available.)

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