Virginia Wins Title Of ‘Moonshine Capital’

In a spirited debate during Martinsville’s Speed Week, Franklin County, Virginia, was crowned the moonshine capital of the world, putting an end to a long-standing rivalry with Wilkes County, North Carolina. State Senator Bill Stanley presided over the event, where moonshiner Henry Law passionately defended Franklin County’s legacy. Law’s family ties to moonshining underscored his argument, emphasizing the historic scale of moonshine production here in Virginia, and particularly in Franklin County. Despite Wilkes County’s claims to fame in NASCAR’s origins, the crowd’s near-unanimous vote affirmed Franklin County’s enduring reputation. Former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode further solidified the victory, citing Franklin County’s historical recognition by a famous American novelist during Prohibition.