Friday, September 23, 2011

Finding Your Way

If you're coming from out of town to the Mountain Spirits Festival, you might need a map to help you get where you're going. Most of the festival's activities will be on or near Franklin Street. To get there, you will either arrive in Rocky Mount from Rt. 220 or Rt. 40. (See "Driving Directions" at the end of this post.)

Business Route 40 takes you through the main drag—Franklin Street—where all the activity will be. In the map below, "A" marks the area where you are going:

The authors' tent  (marked in green below) will be near the library ("A") and the Franklin Center. Artists will be set up near the Artisan Center of the Crooked Road and The Grainery next door (both close to intersection with High Street).

Authors: After you unload your books, your vehicles should be parked across Claiborne Avenue in the Franklin Center parking lot. A golf cart will be available to shuttle you back. Also, a hospitality room (and restrooms) for authors will be in the Franklin Center.

Nearby places to eat within walking distance: In front of the authors tent is Edible Vibe, at 315 Franklin Street. Across Franklin Street (and a block up the street at 230 Franklin), a deli is located inside Antiques and Collectibles Along the Crooked Road. A few blocks down Franklin Street, at the Farmers Market where Farmer Appreciation/Old Timey Day will be in full swing from 10-2, several vendors will have food for sale. 


From Roanoke, take US 220 South to the first Rocky Mount exit.  This exit puts you on North Main Street.  Go 3-4 miles.  You will come to a light that crosses old RR tracks and onto a bridge.  Drive straight ahead (go past The Hub Restaurant), look for Claiborne Avenue on right (Rocky Mount UMC is on the corner).  Turn right onto Claiborne Avenue, go about ½ mile.

From Martinsville, take US 220 North to the first Rocky Mount Exit (just past 619 Minute Market). This exit puts you on South Main Street. Follow South Main for 2-3 miles.  Once you pass the Courthouse (on the right) you need to look for Randolph Street (on the left). Turn left onto Randolph Street, go to bottom of hill, take right into The Franklin Center/Franklin County Library parking lot.  Author tent is across Claiborne.

From Lynchburg/Smith Mountain Lake, take Route 122 South to Rocky Mount.  Take Right at light and go through town.  (You’ll pass Lowes, Walmart, on left; Sheetz on right).  Continue straight. (You’ll pass McDonald’s on left, Franklin County High School on left).  Go straight through light at high school (you’ll pass Hardees on left, DMV on right). Go to top of hill, take Right onto North Main, then immediate left onto Claiborne Avenue (next to Rocky Mount UMC). Go ½ mile.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

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