Anna Prillaman Robertson is a Franklin County native, who recently returned to run the family business (Twin Creeks Distillery) that her Dad, Chris Prillaman founded back in 2014. Though she’s always been involved, she now works full-time at the distillery, primarily handling business logistics, marketing components, and business communications. She prides in sharing the art of distilling and the deep-rooted culture that goes along with it.
September is also Virginia Spirits Month, making it a great time to visit Twin Creeks Distillery and say “hi” to Anna if you haven’t been recently.
What part of Franklin County do you live in? How long have you lived there?
I grew up in the rural parts of Ferrum, but moved out West after graduating from Franklin County High School in 2015. I began my first move to Colorado where I later worked Spring and Summer seasons in Rocky Mountain National Park. I crossed the country for a while, met some awesome people, and lived for the road life.
In 2017, I journeyed back to the Blue Ridge and moved to Boone, North Carolina for 3 years and finished my undergrad studies in Hospitality, Tourism, and Performing Arts (Dance and Movement) at Appalachian State University. In 2020, my husband, Reece and I purchased a 100+ year old house in downtown Rocky Mount to restore and call home with our 2 golden retrievers, Ben and Westy.
What’s your favorite part about living in Franklin County?
I love the landscape, multiple seasons, the vivacious greens, bold blue mountains, and fresh water sources. I also love the people of Franklin County. I was really fortunate to grow up with many “salts of the earth” kind of folks who molded me into the person I am today. I appreciate my roots and understand the importance of people working together because of those Franklin County residents I grew up with. The kind hospitality around home is unmatched.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
I love to travel and meet new faces / places. I enjoy scenic nature and wholistic movement in my free time. My husband, Reece and I also share a HUGE love for salvaging “junk” and thrifting. We love working on our Volkswagen bus, beetle, and old Ford trucks and find satisfaction in bringing all of this old stuff back to life.
What’s your favorite place in Franklin County?
As a kid, I loved visiting “the mountain” with my Daddy. I’m referring to the Endicott area of Ferrum, where route 40 leads up to Shootin’ Creek. It’s a peaceful and scenic trip that I often drive when I need to take a break. I spent a lot of my childhood visiting the mountain people, attending old-timey square dances or enjoying homegrown, farm-fresh cooking. I also love the serenity of Philpott Lake.
What’s your go-to conversation starter?
“Hi! I’m Anna. How are ya?”
What does #FranklinShines mean to you?
To me, #FranklinCountyShines defines the bright character behind Franklin County; its people, places, and opportunities.
Where is your favorite place to hang out/work/out/eat out/etc.?
Tough question. Since moving back to the county, I really enjoy seeing both new and old business owners put their heart and soul into what they do. I love checking out vintage goods and classic records with Brian at “Old’s Cool” or sipping whatever my fancy suits and eating a fresh salad at the “Wholebean Coffeehouse” in downtown.
What advice do you have for finding or meeting new people?
Pop your comfort bubble and say hi. I think building relationships (both personally and professionally) can connect the dots between incredible potential. I also think evaluating different people types and characteristics will allow you to access situations, be flexible with how you respond, and adapt to both exciting and / or challenging situations.
What professional groups/organizations are you involved in?
I’m an active member of the Virginia Distiller’s Association and appreciate the advocacy the organization brings to the table for Virginia distillers. I sit on the Cruisin’ Rocky Mount, Virginia Board of Directors. Cruisin’ takes place on the first Saturday of each month and attracts thousands every season. I am grateful to be a part of this unique event that boosts sales and performance in our hometown businesses. The distillery and I work with the Town of Rocky Mount to co-host what’s called the “Homegrown Music Series” every second Saturday of the month in Rocky Mount, Virginia. The goal is to provide a space and place for only local string musicians to share their talent with our community.
Franklin County Shines is a series about the people and places that make Franklin County one of the best places to live, work, and play. #FranklinCountyShines