The Franklin County Historical Society has a problem. It’s actually kind of a good one.
Its headquarters/museum/bookstore is crammed into an old dwelling on Main Street in Rocky Mount, the Flora Morris House.
There, you can feast your eyes on all kinds of historical tidbits about moonshine-making technology and the backwoods characters who devised it; exhibits of famous Civil War-era commanders from Franklin County; Coca Cola memorabilia and more.
On the walls are photos of a visit to Rocky Mount by the Dymaxion, an 11-passenger, 1933 van designed by famed inventor R. Buckminister Fuller. Only three were ever manufactured. The contraption got 30 miles to the gallon and looks like a self-propelled Airstream trailer on three wheels.
But the exhibits are so jammed into 2,300-square feet over two stories that if there are more than 10 people in the joint, it can be difficult to move around. Many of the visitors are aged and are challenged by the creaky stairs leading to the second floor. Read more »