Franklin County swept the “Best of Virginia 2022” awards season! While we couldn’t be prouder, it’s no surprise to any Franklin County local. We all know Franklin County is a gem. From beautiful outdoor spaces to fantastic cultural events, Franklin County shines.

Results from the statewide Virginia Living Best of Virginia 2022 will be featured in the May 2022 special issue. Winners were selected as part of a reader survey with online voting earlier this year.

Check out the winners below, and then pay them a visit to celebrate! 

Barbecue Restaurant

1st:  Buddy’s BBQ

Burger Joint

3rd:  Rocky Mount Burger Company

Fine Dining

2nd:  Ippy’s

Ice Cream Shop

1st:  Homestead Creamery

Farmers Market

3rd:  Rocky Mount Farmers’ Market


1st:  Twin Creeks Distillery

3rd:  Franklin County Distilleries


3rd:  Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

Music Venue

1st:  Harvester Performance Center

Special Event Venue

2nd:  Harvester Performance Center

K-12 Independent School

2nd:  Christian Heritage Academy

Bed & Breakfast

1st:  Early Inn at the Grove

Historic Site

3rd:  Booker T. Washington National Monument

Tourist Attraction

1st:  Blue Ridge Parkway

Dance Studio

1st A-List Dance Academy

Florist Shop

2nd:  Flowers by Jones

Home Health Provider

2nd:  Carilion Clinic Home Care

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice

1st:  Carilion Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ophthalmology/Optometry Practice

2nd:  Vistar Eye Center

3rd:  Eye Care & Surgery 

Orthopedic Practice

1st:  Carilion Clinic Orthopedics

Physical Therapy Practice

1st:  Carilion Clinic Therapy and Rehabilitation

Primary Care Practice

1st:  Carilion Clinic Family Medicine

Greenhouse and Nursery:

2nd:  Blackwater Nursery & Landscaping

Home Furnishings Store

3rd:  Virginia Furniture Market

Auction Company

2nd:  Anderson Auction Service

Bank/Credit Union

1st:  Carter Bank & Trust

2nd:  Atlantic Union Bank

3rd:  American National Bank and Trust


1st:  Center Stage Catering

Consignment Shop

1st:  BloomingDeals

Fine Jewelry Store

3rd:  Haywood’s Jewelers

2nd:  Blackwater Nursery & Landscaping