Local lore and historical footnotes weave the tale that, during one year of Prohibition, more sugar was shipped by rail to Boones Mill and Franklin County than to New York City. Like many of the early commerce centers in Southwest Virginia, Boones Mill thrived on the railroad line that weaved through its mountain valley, and bootleggers and moonshiners utilized its logistical power to feed its burgeoning new boom business — moonshine. Dwarfing the output of other mountain towns involved in the illegal spirit trade — such as Wilkesboro, NC, and its own moonshine roots, which, like Boones Mill, gave birth to NASCAR — Boones Mill gained the moniker “Moonshine Capital of the World,” a brand that carries staying-power to the present day.
Boones Mill has always been a historical crossroads and place of cultural exchange. The town is located in a mountain pass now home to Highway 220. Some of Southwest VA’s earliest settlers were Scotch-Irish who came through Maggodee Gap along the Iroquois’ Warrior Path. They brought distilling with them. During Prohibition, Boones Mill and the Bondurant Store was the choke point where local bootleggers transferred cargo to syndicates who distributed the product nationally. Today, Boones Mill has a population of 250 but a daily traffic count of 25,000. Tourism and the export of local heritage products are now vibrant catalysts to the town’s growth and development.
Now, legal moonshine distillers can be found all over the American South and beyond — yet each lack the historical tradition found in Boones Mill, the moonshine seat of Franklin County. It’s actually quite surprising that Boones Mill has yet to have a legal moonshine business that spotlights its history and tradition, but that recently changed with the advent of Franklin County Distilleries.
Steeped in history and tradition and rooted in quality local craftsmanship, the brand for FCD is dynamic. As Boones Mill wakes up from its sleepy town moniker, it finds itself perfectly positioned in a history-rich market location, torch-bearers of a brand that generations already hold dear. Approximately 25,000 vehicles pass through Boones Mill every day along Highway 220, linking between Roanoke, Rocky Mount, Martinsville, Smith Mountain Lake, Floyd, many North Carolina towns and more. Just down the road, Martinsville hums as a hotbed for NASCAR, a sport birthed from the transport of illegal corn liquor, and which attracts a large fan base that cherishes the history from which it sprung. Boones Mill is truly “Your Blue Ridge Gateway,” and will only become a greater destination with its export of its most significant local heritage product — legal moonshine … FCD White Label Corn Whiskey.
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25156 Highway 220
HOURS: Thursday: 4pm - 9pm, Friday: 12pm - 10pm, Saturday: 12pm - 10pm, Sunday: 12pm - 6pm.