The Crooked Road Visitor Guide 2017-2018

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A place of beauty – a place of song.




#VisitFranklinCo (540) 483-3030

Historic Museums Outdoor Drama Outdoor Recreation On The Crooked Road Hiking • Biking ATV/UTV Trails Fishing • Boating Scenic Vistas Festivals State Parks The home of three famous authors . . . Abundant Restaurants & Lodging

Picking in the Pound

POUND 276-796-5188

Visit us on the web at WISE 276-328-6013 (276) 679-1160 276-565-3900

Lay’s Hardware


NORTON 276-395-3323

Country Cabin II



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Welcome to The Crooked Road: Jay Diem for Barrier Islands Center

For more information about The Crooked Road, scan this code with your smart phone. you’re coming in June, make plans to attend The Crooked Road’s annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, a nine-day celebration of Southwest Virginia communities including concerts in over 20 communities and over 100 special cultural events. As you travel The Crooked Road’s 330-mile length, pull off at any of the 27 wayside exhibits to hear a loop broadcast on your car radio and read the informative panels on the music and musicians in that local community. Take along Joe Wilson’s Guide To The Crooked Road, or you can listen to four albums of Crooked Road music including the latest compilation – A Century of Heritage Guitar Music. A musical journey like no other awaits. Hope to see you soon!

Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail There are many places in the world with rich musical cultures, and one of them is The Crooked Road. For over two centuries, The Crooked Road region of Southwest Virginia has been keeping musical forms that have had a huge impact on American music and culture – including old time string bands, a cappella gospel, blues, 300-year old ballads, bluegrass and many others. The music is alive and well along The Crooked Road where it is played year-round in concert halls, country stores, festivals, and in parks.

If you’ve never been to a place where most homes have at least one fine musician in them, prepare to be amazed at how this music is truly a significant part of the everyday life of the people who live here. And one of the things they love to do is share it with others, so The Crooked Road is supported in part by Southwest Virginia local come prepared to join in, sing along, or just tap your feet and clap governments, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National your hands. Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community No Crooked Road visit is complete without seeing one or more Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Virginia of the nine Major Venues, places with special historical and Department of Transportation, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. cultural significance. These venues preserve the history of the region’s music and the musicians who have left their imprint – the Stanley Brothers, Carter Family, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, and the Stonemans. The Major Venues include museum exhibits, jam A huge THANK YOU to Virginia Tourism Corporation and to sessions, concerts, festivals, radio shows, dancing, and many The Crooked Road’s VTC MLP Grant partners: special events. Add in over 50 Affiliated Venues & Festivals and you’ll understand just how much music there is to take in here. If • Carroll County Office of Tourism – page 20

Thank You!

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One Heartwood Circle Abingdon, VA 24210 (276) 492-2409

• Wise County – page 3, 39 • Montgomery County Regional Tourism Office – page 16, 17 • Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film – page 2, 8 • Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau – page 34

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Front Cover photo credits left to right: top - Leah Prater, Tom Fitzsimmons, Leah Prater; bottom – Tom Fitzsimmons, Heartwood, Jennifer Meade. Back Cover left to right: top – Floyd Country Store, Blue Ridge Music Center; bottom – Tom Fitzsimmons, Jennifer Meade, Two Rivers Multimedia Solutions, Jay Diem for Barrier Islands Center C0 M0 Y0 K100

While every effort has been made to assure accuracy of the listings in this publication, The Crooked Road is not responsible for incorrect or missing information. Please consult The Crooked Road website at for updated information. Publishing management by Stallard Studios Publishing, Wytheville, VA (276) 228-7092. Printing by Chocklett Press, 2922 Nicholas Avenue, NE, Roanoke, VA (540) 345-1820.

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Pearls of The Crooked Road

The Major Venues…

Blue Ridge Music Center

Note: Schedules subject to change. Call or go online to confirm details.






The Major Venues tell the story of this region’s unique musical history like no book ever could. These are places of profound historical and cultural significance where visitors enjoy living, breathing musical traditions first hand. EVENTS & HOURS

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201

(423) 573-1927 bristol

X X X X Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-6:00 & Sunday 1:00-5:00; Concerts & Events - Call or

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

Ferrum College, 20 Museum Drive, Ferrum, VA 24088

(540) 365-4416


4th Sat in Oct (Folklife Fest); 4th weekend in May (Dulcimer Fest); Museum Gallery & Farm Museum - Check website

Blue Ridge Music Center

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 213. 700 Foothills Road, Galax, VA 24333

(276) 236-5309


Open May - October. Mid Day Mtn. Music (local & regional traditional musicians) perform daily Noon to 4:00 PM (with facilitated Jam on Fri & Sun); Weekend Concerts - Check website. Museum 7 days a week 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Carter Family Fold

3449 A. P. Carter Hwy, Hiltons , VA 24258

(276) 386-6054 (recorded info.) (276) 594-0676

X X X X 7:30 PM Sat Concerts (concert videos available thru

Country Cabin II

6034 Kent Junction Rd., Norton, VA 24273

(276) 679-3541


County Sales

Talley’s Alley. 117-A West Main St., Floyd, VA 24091

(540) 745-2001

Floyd Country Store

206 S. Locust St, Floyd 24091

(540) 745-4563

X X X Fri 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM Friday Night Jamboree; Sat 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention

Felts Park, 601 S. Main St., Galax, VA 24333

(276) 236-8541

X X Aug. 6-11, 2018 (Always Mon - 2nd Sat in Aug)

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway

One Heartwood Circle Abingdon, VA 24210

(276) 492-2400


1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Thu Old Time & Bluegrass Open Jam 6:30 PM, 2nd Thu – Youth Concerts 6:30 PM; 2nd Sat in May Crooked Road Youth Music Festival; Open 7 days a week, check website for hours

Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center

249 Clintwood Main Street Clintwood, VA 24228

(276) 926-8550 or (276) 926-5591


Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from March 15 – November 30. Please call (276) 926-8550 or (276) 926-8383 for bus tours, large groups, or off season tours.

Rex Theater

113 E. Grayson St., Galax, VA 24333

(276) 238-8130

X X Fri 7:00 PM Live Concert & Radio Show (online at

check website; 3rd Weekend in Sept. (Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion)

Saturday 6:00 PM Museum & Cabin Open. Carter Family Memorial Festival & Craft Show - 1st weekend of November Sat 7:30 PM Old Time & Bluegrass Concerts & Dancing Sept Dock Boggs & Kate Peters Sturgill Festival Retail store with extensive inventory of heritage music recordings. Store Hours Tues-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Americana Afternoons; Sun Old Time Jam 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Bluegrass Jam 4:00 - 6:00 PM; Sept. to May, 1st Sat, Floyd Radio Show 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM; Store Hours - Check Website. Please call (540) 745-4563 for bus tours, large groups, or special programs.

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Schedules subject to change. Call or go online to confirm details.

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You’re a music fan. You get it. Great live music traces its influences back in decades & centuries, in meter & measure, in rhyme & rhythms. In Rocky Mount, we know live music. As home to the best music venue in Southwest Virginia, we love live music. We have bluegrass, old time, gospel and country, but we also love rock, folk, soul, blues and all kinds of genres and players. You don’t limit your musical tastes, and neither do we. While you’re on the Crooked Road, we might be hosting traditional music with local bands, or rock from national and international touring bands. Whatever you’re looking for on the Crooked Road, we hope you find it, whether it’s in our comfortable 500-seat room, at a festival or in an old time jam. Enjoy your musical journey. If we can help, we’ll be glad to, and all you have to do is ask. Come see some of our 175+ performances a year, and you’ll know why people from all 50 states and 15 countries have visited in our first three years.

540-GUITARS 455 Franklin St. Rocky Mount, Virginia

Franklin County

With the vibrancy of its roots set deep in the Blue Ridge, Franklin County has a magic all to its own. Vibrantly textured landscapes accented by two lakes and four rivers against a rolling Blue Ridge backdrop. Recreation and relaxation sprinkled with family fun, authentic food and one-of-akind cultural experiences will have you savoring our distinct and welcoming flavor. The proof is in Franklin County. The road starts here! No need to knock at The Crooked Road’s front door – the door is always open to start your journey; experience true Blue Ridge people and their music. Traditional Americana never had it so good. We are home to the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, Harvester Performance Center and an array of music jams, festivals and home-grown musicians. Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film (540) 483-3030,

Rocky Mount Eastern Gateway to the Crooked Road

Harvester Performance Center

Rocky Mount, the eastern gateway of The Crooked Road, is home to the Harvester Performance Center (harvester-music. com), a year-round venue offering 175+ shows, featuring music from all genres, including many in bluegrass, traditional Virginia music, Americana and folk. A wide array of unique, local dining and shopping experiences make visitors right at home. A bustling downtown shopping district and historic attractions like a 130-yearold hardware store, local history museum and a historic rail depot and visitor’s center highlight the town’s colorful transition from iron mining to moonshine capital to music destination. Town of Rocky Mount, 345 Donald Avenue, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 (540) 483-7660,

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Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College

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Fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, bluegrass, gospel—Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum (BRI&M) showcases the entire fabric of western Virginia folkways, music included. Looking for an event that has it all? The BRI&M’s Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (fourth Saturday in October) has been the region’s largest ongoing folk festival for over 40 years. The New York Times called the BRFF “thoroughly authentic,” and rightly so. Visitors delight in a daylong celebration of traditional music, crafts, storytelling, country foods, horse and coon dog contests, sheepherding, farm work and machinery, custom cars, children’s games, and much more. Curious about The Crooked Road lifestyle? The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum’s gallery exhibits explore all kinds of folkways from the region, everything from old-style music making to today’s traditionbased crafts. At the Institute’s living history Blue Ridge Farm Museum visitors step back into the backcountry farm life of 1800. Traveling by armchair? The BRI&M website leads to a wealth of resources. Explore online exhibits on ballads, hot rodding, and crafts. Enjoy thousands of tunes and photos from the museum archives. Search the BRI&M’s guides to heritage sites and music events in Southwest Virginia and along the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor. Check the website or call for seasonal hours and visitor details: / Ferrum College, 20 Museum Drive, Ferrum, VA 24088, (540) 365-4416. C0 M0 Y0 K100

BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE & FARM MUSEUM The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore at Ferrum College A Crooked Road Major Venue │

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Come for the music, stay for much more Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College

Patrick County

Courtesy of Patrick County Tourism

- Experience the Simple Life Patrick County, Virginia, unsurpassed as a place to experience traditional mountain music firsthand, is part of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail known as “The Crooked Road.” From bluegrass to gospel to blues, this is where music, history, and pure entertainment come together. The 3rd Saturday of each month (the 1st Saturday in December), the Patrick County Music Association hosts a free open jam session at Rotary Field in Stuart. On Friday nights, Willis Gap Community Center in Ararat holds their open jam, and Honduras Coffee Shop in Stuart offers live music on the weekends as well. The Crooked Road Café in Meadows of Dan is alive with music during the spring and summer months, sometimes starring Sammy Shelor, the award-winning banjo player and manager of Lonesome River Band who lives in Meadows of Dan, VA, the gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway. In June & July, Wayside Park hosts the annual Stuart Beach Music and Bluegrass Festivals. August is the month the Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Peach Festival. The Front Porch Fest is held annually on Labor Day Weekend and the tradition of gospel bluegrass music continues at Dominion Valley Park the same weekend. For additional information, visit our website,

You’ll find everything from the rugged outdoors to 5-star luxury in Patrick County, Va. There is so much to discover here.


Courtesy of Patrick County Tourism

- A Great Place To Live or Visit A quaint town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Stuart is vibrant with the sounds of traditional mountain music. Gospel and bluegrass music can be enjoyed at the local Farmer’s Market, the historic Star Theatre, and during several of our annual music and dance festivals. Stuart is home to unique shops, antique stores, businesses, and museums, and is home of the legendary Wood Brothers Racing Team. Town of Stuart, 100 Patrick Ave., PO Box 422, Stuart, VA 24171, (276) 694-3811,

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Floyd County & Town of Floyd

Running on Floyd time… Floyd is as much a state of mind as it is a destination. Floyd County is a haven of natural beauty renowned for our hospitality and for a vibrant culture of music, arts, local foods, wine & spirits, and outdoor recreation. As a key stop on The Crooked Road, the Floyd Country Store hosts our celebrated weekly Friday Night Jamboree with music in the store and streets overflowing with musicians. Also enjoy live music at diverse venues throughout the County Thursdays to Sundays as well as year-round festivals such as Floydfest, Chantilly Bluegrass Festival and The Black Dog Music Festivals. Wildwood Farms hosts Bluegrass music every Saturday night all year along with regular music jams. Explore an eclectic blend of restaurants, downtown Farmers Market, and local farms for scrumptious locally-sourced foods and spirits. Local wineries include the picturesque Chateau Morrisette, Virginia’s largest winery, and Floyd is now home to a local distillery and a local brewery. Numerous art galleries and craft and antique shops offer exquisite works of art and one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities. Along our 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, explore the historic Mabry Mill, Rocky Knob, Smartview, and Rock Castle Gorge National Recreation Area. Hike to the panoramic view atop Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve or kayak along the Little River. Let our history take you back to a simpler time of old mills and stone churches It is the richness and complexity of our culture that makes Floyd, Virginia such a desirable and superb visitor destination. You just may need to stay awhile and a variety of unique lodging awaits you. So, bring your dancing shoes, appetite and desire to experience a diverse and true hometown community! Visitor Center: (540) 745-4407

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Courtesy of Floyd Country Store

Courtesy of Floyd Country Store

Retreat to Apple Ridge Farm Perfect for Corporate Retreats, Weddings, or Family Adventures! • Meetings & Conferences • Weddings & Receptions • Lodging & Camping • Caboose Car Bed & Breakfast • Outdoor Adventures • Zip Line • Climbing Tower Your support sustains our mission of Helping Kids Grow.

Call 540-982-1322 or visit

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The Floyd Country Store

Southwest Virginia’s Premier Brewpub

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- A Crooked Road Major Venue The Floyd Country Store is a gathering place for musicians, dancers and visitors from all over the world. The Friday Night Jamboree is an authentic experience of Southwest Virginia’s old time and bluegrass tradition. Every Friday at 6:30 pm, year round, the music starts with gospel hour, then bands playing good old time music, and dancers crowd onto the dance floor. The store fills up quickly and it may be standing room only. The Saturday Americana Afternoon music runs from 12 to 3:00 pm and the Sunday Old Time Jam is 1:30 - 3:30 pm followed by a Bluegrass Jam from 4:00 - 6:00 pm year round. During the warm season the Floyd Small Town Summer series runs on alternating Thursdays from 6:00 to 10:00 pm in the Warren G Lineberry Park. These events are free. At this historic store you’ll find barrels of candy, a unique selection of household goods, toys, and clothing suited to a country life style! Also a great selection of CDs and DVD’s in the old-time, bluegrass and gospel traditions along with tune books and music history books. The Floyd Country Store serves soups, salads, sandwiches, ice cream and home baked desserts. Store hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday but the hours are extended for special events like the Friday Night Jamboree (10:30 pm) and occasional Saturday concerts. For winter hours (Jan-May) and upcoming events, including the Floyd Radio Show, visit, 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091, (540) 745-4563 C0 M0 Y0 K100

Drink To What You Believe In God, Country, Family, Friends…And Great Craft Beer Brewed in Floyd, Virginia Buffalo Mountain Brewery, 332 Webbs Mill Rd North, Floyd, VA

For Menu & Upcoming Shows: Facebook: Dogtown Roadhouse

302 S Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091

540-745-OVEN (6836)

Live Music Thursday - Sunday Nights Open Mic - Sunday Nights (276) 492-2409||11

THEDOGS.COM Winery • Restaurant

MP 171.5 B L U E R I D G E P A R K WAY • F L O Y D , V I R G I N I A • 540.593.2865 • W I N E R Y O P E N D A I LY

AN OFFICIAL AFFILIATE VENUE OF THE CROOKED ROAD Come camp with us and enjoy the incredible beauty and abundant culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Full hookups for RV camping, premium tent sites, two showerhouses, hiking and biking trails, free wi-fi and more. Located minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Downtown Floyd. Chantilly Farm is home to the annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, Floyd Auto Fair, Floyd Livestock & County Fair, Southern Gospel Jubilee, VW Bus Campout and many other events!

Country Hospitality in the Mountains

(877) 344-1088


SIT. SIP. SAVOR. Hand-crafted chocolate confections & more. 109 E. Main St, Floyd VA (540) 695-0224

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Near Floyd, Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway 25 acre Farm with Farm Animals Clean, Spacious Rooms with Private Baths Continental or Full Breakfast 208 Radford Rd SE, Floyd, Virginia 24091 (540) 745-6480 residence

BED & BREAKFAST INNS • CABINS & COTTAGES • EXTENDED STAY • HOTELS & LODGES Look no further for your lodging needs. Stay local.


Unique • Close to Town • Loft • Full Kitchen • Patio • Grill Experience the magic of a circular structure while spending a night or more in our 30 foot yurt. At night you can observe the stars through the 5 foot central dome. Amenities include two queen beds, one full futon, Netflix, wifi, and locally roasted coffee.

375 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Virginia • 540-505-4586 •

Make your Reservation today!

540.745.5716 Comfortable, Affordable Overnight Accommodations! Country Inn trimmedInn in native Hemlock rustic rooms, all include coffee Country trimmed in lumber. native12Hemlock lumber. 12 micro/fridge, rustic rooms allmakers, localinclude phone service, wireless internet, satellite TV, and individual heating/cooling units. Suites available. micro/fridge, coffee makers, local phone service, wireless internet,

satellite TV, andPrivate individual heating/cooling units. Suites available. hot tub rentals for locals and travelers to enjoy! Make an appointment and the peaceful Oasis will be set up for your relaxation and enjoyment. Robes, towels provided.

Make your Reservation today!

540.745.5716 Oasis at Oak Haven

323 Webb’s Webb’s Mill Mill Road Road •• Floyd, Floyd,Virginia Virginia24091 24091 323

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County Sales prides itself on having the world’s largest selection of old time and bluegrass music. Founded in 1965 and operating from Talley’s Alley in Floyd, Virginia, County Sales has filled tens of thousands of orders from around the world. County Sales’ huge stock features compact discs, books, and DVDs of artists from Jimmie Rodgers and Charlie Poole right up to new recordings by Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent. Browse elaborate boxed sets of legendary stars like Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Monroe, the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Hank Williams, as well as CDs by obscure string bands and backwoods gospel groups. There are amazing DVDs taken from vintage film & TV footage covering the early days of country music. Our goals are to offer the biggest selection, lowest prices, and best service. Experience our staff’s well deserved reputation for friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient service. Join the numerous national and international visitors each week who make a visit to County Sales an important stop in their itinerary. If you are on The Crooked Road, driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway, or just touring the South, come by County Sales to see the amazing wealth of rural music that is available today, from legendary old time musicians right up to today’s stars., (540) 745-2001.

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Your home on the Blue Ridge Parkway nestled in the mountains but adjacent to the parkway between MP 159 and 160 at Shooting Creek. Re-energize and relax on the wrap around porches with rockers and swings. Enjoy full country breakfast buffets each morning. Great for family reunions and retreats with 6 bedrooms, 2 glamping cabins and acres of trails. Pet friendly, Wifi, DISH 500.


You’ll be glad you did. THE HISTORIC PINE TAVERN Features traditional Blue Ridge cuisine. We can accommodate large groups and tour buses.

THE PINE TAVERN LODGE An intimate 8 suites and one cottage. Fully restored to its original unique charm.

Contact Sally and Scott for reservations at 540-745-2861,,

Wildwood Farms General Store Home to one of the Largest Commercial Daylily Gardens in the state of Virginia!

Our General Store features home and garden decor, unique garden art, great gifts, local items, many goodies and handmade products.

Cruise-Ins on 3rd Sunday each month during summer! Music Jams 1:00 - 4:30 every First and Third Sunday! | 540-745-4482 | 540-745-4428 1.2 miles north of town on route 221 Floyd, VA 24091

Live Bluegrass & Oldtime Music every Saturday Night! Have Lunch in George’s Kitchen! Hours: Mon - Fri 10 - 5 • Saturday 10 - 9 • Sunday 12 - 5 2380 Floyd Hwy S., Floyd, VA 24091 • Like us on Facebook! • (540) 745-5155 (276) 492-2409||15

Both Photos Courtesy Russell Belcher and ARC Lamp Productions

Montgomery County Blacksburg • Christiansburg

Montgomery County, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and home to Virginia Tech, offers the perfect stay for getting away without sacrificing amenities. Find two Crooked Road affiliate venues just 30 miles off of the Crooked Road. Pull up a chair and listen to toe-tapping old-time tunes at the Blacksburg Market Square Jam. Grab your partner and swing to the fiddle at the Blacksburg Square Dance. This dance community welcomes all to swap their blues for dancing shoes! One would expect to find a diverse assortment of eateries such as those at the Blacksburg Farmers Market and restaurants including Gillies and The Cellar among others. Indulge your senses with sidewalk dining, unique shops, outdoor entertainment, and a world-class performing arts center. In nearby Christiansburg, local favorites like The Farmhouse and Due South BBQ will not disappoint! There is a wide array of additional dining options and entertainment to be had. Find regular musical entertainment at area wineries and breweries; Rising Silo, Right Mind Brewing, Bull and Bones, Beliveau Estates Winery, and White Barrel Winery. Music is in our nature. Whether on a shady trail or in the refreshing New River; harmony surrounds. Go to to plan how you will GO TO TOWN in Montgomery County! Here is a sampling of special events to whet your appetite! Soul Food Sampling in February, Third Thursday at Old Town Fields- May through October, Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming in June, Steppin Out in August, Heritage Day in August, The Great Road Encampment in August, The Kiwanis Wilderness Trail Festival in September, Newtown Festival: Blues, Brews and BBQ in October. Contact us to learn more! (540) 394-4470, Find us on your favorite social media channel using @GoToMontVA. 16||(276) 492-2409

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grab your instrument of choice, & jump in at any time!

(540) 394-4470 @GoToMontVA Blacksburg Market Square Jam

Spend Mondays in


I-81 Exit #109

Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam Courtesy of Heather Bell

Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam A Crooked Road Affiliated Site

Monday evenings at 7 pm at River City Grill, 103 Third Ave, 540-629-2130. Join us! Plenty of lodging ... over 40 restaurants ... and miles of the New River to find yourself!


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Eric Futterman

City of Radford

Monday evenings come alive at the Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam at River City Grill, 103 Third Avenue ((540) 629-2130). Bring an instrument and join in or relax and enjoy the sounds of old time mountain music. Learn about our Scots-Irish heritage while you’re here. The Mary Draper Ingles statue and other sites are open year round. 2018 play dates for the outdoor drama, ‘Walk to Freedom: The Mary Draper Ingles Story’ are June 22, 23 & 24 and July 13,14 &15 and 27,28 & 29. Fall brings the Highlanders Festival to Radford with bagpipes, Scottish games and entertainment for the entire family. Easy access points make it a pleasure to ‘tube, kayak or fish on the New River. The gentle flowing waters that border Radford make it fun for everyone from beginner to professional. The New River City has plenty of lodging options and has easy access to I-81/Exit #109. For maps and coupons, contact Radford Visitor’s Center,, 600 Unruh Drive, Radford, VA 24141 or (866) 605-6442.

Pulaski County

Pulaski County is a beautiful, natural, rural, community nestled in the Appalachian Mountains sharing a portion of the majestic New River shoreline. This bucolic area is a place renowned for its outdoor recreation and rich cultural history, a place “Orchestrated by Nature”. Claytor Lake State Park offers a 497-acre lake with a beach, hiking trails, camping, cabin rentals and water fun like boating, bass fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. Gatewood Park & Reservoir a 162-acre lake offers secluded camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Hike or bike the 57 miles of the New River Trail, a “Rails to Trails” project. Historic Calfee Park is home to the Pulaski Yankee’s minor league baseball team. The New River Valley Fairgrounds hosts

Russell Belcher and ARC Lamp Productions

horse shows, flea markets, and the New River Valley Fair. For history visit: The Wilderness Road Regional Museum and the Raymond Ratcliffe Transportation Museum. The Fine Arts Center for the NRV and the Pulaski Theatre, offer shows, concerts and live stage performances. The Draper Mercantile is a showplace for regional arts, crafts, live music and local foods. Music enthusiasts enjoy the Hillbilly Opry, a local bluegrass venue, and the New River Community College Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club. For more info, call (540) 674-4161 or visit

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Giles County

Giles County

Giles County offers heritage music through annual festivals and weekly jam sessions. The Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention in Newport is held on the 2nd weekend in June and honors the music of old time fiddler, Henry Reed, of Glen Lyn. More information on the music and the convention are available at There are also weekly jams on Tuesday in Narrows and Thursday in Pearisburg. More music can be heard weekends at The Palisades in Eggleston, the Harvest Restaurant at Mountain Lake Lodge, and Right Turn Clyde Brewing Company in Narrows. During summer months enjoy the Newport Jamboree at the Newport Park and the Pearisburg Music at the Market. More information is available at www.gilescountyorg. Plan a visit and enjoy some old time music – in Virginia’s Mountain Playground™.

Carroll County Hillsville

Town of Hillsville

Hillsville, Virginia – A great place to visit, a better place to live! The citizens of Hillsville invite you to come and visit their charming, safe, progressive community which is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. The Town is rich in history and provides a glimpse of its heritage with the HaleWilkinson-Carter Home Museum, Old Courthouse/Museum, and site of the infamous 1912 shooting. The Town is also home to the internationally known Memorial Day and Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show and hosts music concerts, celebrations, and classic car cruise-ins each month May-September. For information about events, accommodations, or attractions, please visit or call (276) 728-2128. 20||(276) 492-2409

Jonathan Romeo

Carroll County is the home to many legendary musical heritage stories. Being the home to Pop Stoneman to start, Carroll County features venues such as The Blue Ridge Music Center located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Fiddle and Plow located in Woodlawn. You’re sure to find an echo of mountain music and history tucked away in our hills. If you’re looking for a variety of experiences, Carroll County has many other opportunities as well as scenic drives, unique cuisine, wineries, an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and much more. Visit us online for more details. or 231 Farmers Market Drive, Suite 5 (276) 730-3100 Blue Ridge Plateau Hillsville, VA 24343 Regional Visitor Center located 239 276.730.3100 Farmers Market Drive, Hillsville, VA 24343.

Bland County

Known as “the land between the tunnels,” beautiful Bland County sits peacefully between Big Walker Mountain and East River Mountain and is home to many artists and musicians. During the fall and winter, bluegrass and hometown tunes ring out in Ceres, Va. During summer months, in Bastian, the community gathers for a celebration of bluegrass gospel music. Various local bands and artists can be found across Bland County playing for those who come to socialize and hear some “good ole hometown music.” Be sure to see the Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum in Bastian. The Village was discovered while building Interstate 77 in the 1970’s. Tour the Village to see and hear how Native Americans lived in Bland County hundreds of years ago. The Museum is filled with Native American Artifacts that help tell the story of the Village. Finally finish your day off at one of our special hometown restaurants! Bland County isn’t just a place on the map… it’s the place to be! For more information, please visit or call (276) 688-4622. For more information on Wolf Creek Indian Village call (276) 688-3438 or visit We hope to see you soon!

From I-81 Exit 70 or I-77 Exit 47, take US-52 North. From I-77 Exit 52 take US-52 South. Follow Byway signs.

12 miles north of Wytheville Country Store with Ice Cream & Fudge Craft and Artisan Shop

Proud to Be an Official Affiliated Venue! Live Music at 2pm every Saturday and Sunday May thru October • 276-663-4016 - Open 10am daily 1-877-347-8307

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Wayside Exhibits

The Crooked Road has a series of 27 wayside exhibits located along the Trail. Just pull your vehicle off the road to read the panels and listen on your vehicle radio to a five-minute audio recording about the heritage music and musicians in that location. The audio can be heard on your vehicle’s FM radio – within a range of about one half mile. The map on pages 24-25 indicates the wayside exhibit locations. Three Virginia Welcome Centers are included in this number. These are located on I-81 northbound at Bristol, I-77 southbound at Rocky Gap, and I-77 northbound at Lambsburg. These exhibits have been made possible with the support of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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The Town of Chilhowie is the gateway to Smyth County located along modern and historic routes of travel in Southwest Virginia. The H.L. Bonham Tourism Center serves as a museum and information center. The H.L. Bonham Tourism Trail is a 4,500 foot walking trail that connects the Tourism Center on Whitetop Road with the north and south side of the Chilhowie Recreation Park. Grayson Counties Smyth, Wythe and Virginia of Southwestern Start exploration of the Virginia mountains from Chilhowie. Learn GUIDE TO more at



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“America’s Coolest Hometown!” From outdoor recreation to our historic downtown, from the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts to the Lincoln Theatre stage for “Song of the Mountains” - the official television series of Virginia - Marion is home. We’re minutes from Hungry Mother State Park, Grayson Highlands, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and Mount Rogers, Virginia’s highest peak. Stay at our downtown General Francis Marion Hotel, your choice of motels and quaint B&B’s, or a romantic cabin by the lake. Enjoy dining, shopping, and entertainment in this Certified Virginia Main Street Community. Ride the “Back of the Dragon”, enjoy limitless vistas from our hiking and biking trails, and enjoy our stocked trout streams and a 100acre mountain lake., (276) 378-5026. DGIF photo

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Blue Ridge Music Center

Music Center

Celebrate Music in the Mountains

Blue Ridge Music Center

Concert Series

On Saturdays from spring to fall, the Blue Ridge Music Center’s scenic outdoor amphitheater comes alive with performances by some of the best roots, traditional, and Americana musicians from the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond.

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Open May thru October, 10 AM - 5 PM and later on weekend evening concert nights. The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Music Center is just 10 miles south of Galax, VA and 20 miles north of Mount Airy, NC. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic to weekend concerts and enjoy some of the regions finest traditional musicians, as well as some of roots music’s most well-known performers in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at the base of Fisher Peak. Concerts are held most Saturday evenings (7-9 pm) from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Any afternoon at the Blue Ridge Music Center offers free admission to Mid-Day Mountain Music (Noon - 4 pm) and The Roots of American Music Museum--an entertaining and interactive walk through the history of the region’s music. Trails accessible from the parking lot include a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail which offers a special hiking experience for children of all ages. The Blue Ridge Music Center is managed cooperatively by the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with a mission to share traditional music and the bounty of our mountains with visitors from ‘down the road’ and across the seas and give insight to the history and culture of regional music traditions. There is also a National Park Service information center and a gift shop on site. For a calendar of events please visit or call (276) 236-5309. C0 M0 Y0 K100

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Midday Mountain Music Noon to 4 p.m., daily (free)

Milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway 10 miles from Galax,VA

Visitor info: (276) 236-5309 Concert tickets: (866) 308-2773, ext. 212 Programs at the Blue Ridge Music Center are made possible with the support of the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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2380 Floyd Hwy South, Floyd

(540) 745-5155

9 Patrick County Music Association 10 Wayside Bluegrass Festival 11 Stables Saloon at Primland 12 Willis Gap Community Center 13 Blacksburg Square Dance 14 Blacksburg Market Square Jam

144 The Hollow Rd., Ararat Various venues around Blacksburg See website or Facebook for dates Market Square Park, 100 Draper Rd., SW, Blacksburg River City Grill, 103 Third Ave. Radford Mountain Lake Lodge Resort 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke



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7800 Little River Dam Rd., Radford

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Rhonda Vincent-Nov 10, 2017. Doyle Lawson -Mar 16, 2018.

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Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention

McGuire Family Campground 4925 State Park Rd., Dublin Newport Recreation Center 434 Bluegrass Trail, Newport

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130 Learning Ln., Lambsburg

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99 Coulson Church Rd, Woodlawn 215 S. Main St., Galax

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100 N. Main St., Galax

(276) 236-3500

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Felts Park, 601 S Main Street, Galax

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Fries Town Park, Firehouse Drive, Fries

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316 W. Main St., Fries

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316 W. Main St., Fries

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Snyder Auditorium, WCCMount campus 995 Franklin St., Rocky 1000 East Main Street, Wytheville Pigg River Community Center, 2410 8711 Stoney Fork Rd., Wytheville S. Main St., Rocky Mount 107 E. Main St., Independence Rocky Mount Farmers Market, 435 Grayson Highlands State Park Franklin St., Rocky Mount Mouth of Wilson Rocky Mount Farmers Market, 435 Grayson Highlands State Park Franklin St., Rocky Mount Mouth of Wilson 7155 Hill Rd., Ferrum Lloyd'sDry Barber Shop & Banjo Museum, 121 Main St, Rural Retreat 2697 Franklin Pike Lincoln Theatre, 117SE,E.Floyd Main St., Marion Hungry Mother State Park, 2854 Park 2380 Floyd Hwy South, Floyd Blvd, Marion

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(276) 655-4866 X; On Facebook as Albert Hash Memorial Festival Quarterly, Date varies No Website; On Facebook as Fri after Thanksgiving 7 PM Annual Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Jim Lloyd; On Facebook as Memorial wknd.(typically See website Various SatDay monthly the Chantilly Farm for more 1st Sat) - info. check website Concerts Sat (7inPM &6 3rd full wknd Jul;Apr-Oct Jul 20-22,; on; On X PM Nov-Mar) Jam 1st & 3rd Sun Facebook as Hungry Mother Festival 2018 Facebook as Wildwood Farms General Store 1-5 PMFiddlers Convention 2nd full, Facebook Historic Daily, X Crab Orchard MuseumOn&Facebook Pioneer Park weekend in July.; as End of July (July 25-29, 2018) Mon 6:30 PM FloydFest 3rd Sat of each mo. except 1st Sat; On January of Dec Facebook as Patrick County Music Assoc. July 11-14, 2018 April Fri. & Sat. May- Oct; Thurs. Jul; On Facebook as Oct. (except holidays) 6-9 P Primland Usually Tue & Thu 6 PM blankenshippark.html Fri 7wknd PM (Fri & Sat) in Aug. Please 3rd 425 confirm. date andexcept time byfor On Facebook as Jackson Family Singers Every firstCheck Sat Oct-May,; On phone. January. Facebook as Blacksburg Square Dance Tue 6 PM No Website Wed 8-10 &PMLabor JuneDay - Sept Memorial wknds, others On Facebook as Radford Fiddle and Banjo 1st Monwknd 7 PMof Oct. Jam Memorial Day wknd, Thurs-Sat; On Facebook as On Facebook as Burl Rhea and the Rabbit First Sat in May Thu 6-10 PM Mountain Lodge Ridge Pea Lake Pickers Rhonda Vincent-Nov 10, 2017. On Facebook as Little River Bluegrass Barn; On Mon PM -Mar 16, 2018. Doyle7Lawson and Weddings Facebook as Ma & Pa's Restaurant X Daily 2nd Sat Oct-Apr, 6 PM

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2nd full in June. (June 8-9, Jam Thuwknd 6:30 PM, Concert Fri PM. 2018) See website for craft classes. 2nd wknd in Oct. Fri 7-10 PM Fri 7-10 PM Fri 7 PM, The Front Porch Gallery First wknd in May Tue 7 PM Thurs, & Sat nights 2 wks VariousFrithroughout thelast year. X X in June,website every wk & Aug Check for Jul schedule X On Facebook as Hillbilly Opry

On Facebook as Henry Reed; OnMemorial Facebook as Fiddlers Convention Lays Hardware Center for the Arts On Facebook as Lambsburg Community Center On Facebook as Hicks Friday Night Jam On Facebook as The Fiddle and the Plow On Facebook as Stringbean Coffee Shop; On Facebook as Chestnut Creek School of the Arts; On On Facebook as as; Facebook Home Craft Days HoustonFest

2nd wknd. in June (Jun 8 & 9, X 3rd wknd in Oct. 2018) Sat of Memorial Day wknd (Fest), or X Fri 3rdnoon Sat inconcerts May Jun & Jul; On Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Facebook as Henry Whitter Festival Festival Thu 6 PM- Sun of Labor Day wknd nat.shtml 4th Sat in Oct full wknd(276) in June. (Jun 22-23, 492-2409||27 fiddler-s-convention; On Facebook as Elk 2018) Creek Volunteer Fire Dept 3rd Sat of mo. except Jun and Jul; On Facebook

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A Crooked Road Major Venue With the 83rd anniversary of the festival taking place in August 2018, the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention originated in the spring of 1935 when a few members of Moose Lodge #733 in Galax needed to raise funds and generate publicity. A newspaper item at the time stated that the Convention was dedicated to “keeping alive the memories and sentiments of days gone by and make it possible for people of today to hear and enjoy the tunes of yesterday.” The Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention is a tradition in country and mountain music circles and features tunes which have been handed down from generation to generation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The fact that many of the contestants are youngsters is encouraging, and the promoters believe that the future of this traditional music is secure. A unique aspect of the convention is the camping area where musicians rehearse and tune up. Often dancers and players try out their abilities in the parking lot. There is often as much activity off stage as on stage. In the early years, the contestants and audience came chiefly from Carroll, Grayson, and adjoining counties in Virginia and North Carolina. Now bands and individual performers come from across the nation and throughout the world. This showcase of old time, bluegrass and folk music is held annually during the week ending the second Saturday in August at Felts Park in Galax, “World Capital of Old-Time Mountain Music.” Directions: From Interstate 77, take Virginia Exit 14. Turn onto Route 58 toward Galax. Continue on Route 58 for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Main Street. Continue through main downtown business district. Felts Park is on the left. (276) 236-8541 or more information. C0 M0 Y0 K100

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Held Every August, Oldtime, Bluegrass & Folk competitions

“Blue Ridge Backroads Live” Unique weekly radio show broadcast from the Rex Theater


Musical Heritage Celebration held in June

Smoke on the Mountain

Virginia State Barbecue Championship held every July


Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival in September

The Crooked Road Galax is a premier stop featuring 3 major venues incuding the Old Fiddler’s Convention, The Rex Theater and Blue Ridge Music Center.

Galax 110 East Grayson Street, Galax, VA 24333 or 276-238-8130 Visitors 888-217-8823 Monday - Thursday: 9a-5p • Friday: 9a-7p Center Saturday: 9a-4p • Sunday - Closed

Where Art is for Everyone 100 N Main St, Galax, VA (276) 236-3500

Classes and events in Traditional Music, Heritage Crafts, and Contemporary Arts Pottery & Wood Studios Gallery & Gift Shop

Stallard Studios Publishing

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts

City of Galax

Conceived by the marriage of railway and lumber, Galax has enjoyed a rich heritage over the last century. Once a furniture and textile town, Galax has evolved into an eclectic blend of small businesses offering unique shopping opportunities, enticing dining options, historical museums, over 43,000 square feet of antique showroom space, and a musical heritage unlike any other. Whether you prefer the charm of a B&B or the solitude of a mountain cabin, Galax offers a variety of accommodations to please every sleepy head. Galax Visitors Center, 110 East Grayson Street, Galax, VA 24333, Ph (888) 217-8823,

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A Crooked Road Major Venue The charm of the downtown area resonates every Friday with live performances showcasing our region’s musical legacy at the Historic Rex Theater, a Crooked Road Major Venue. These performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and are well attended by locals and visitors. The Rex seats 450 comfortably and offers patrons concessions and homemade treats. Local bands and national music stars have shared the same stage at this historic and important venue. Galax is a must see stop along The Crooked Road. (276) 238-8130, C 71 M 36 Y0 K0

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The annual Independence Autumn Festival occurs the second Saturday in October including the Official Virginia Grand Privy Races, many arts & crafts vendors, and numerous competitions in baking, horseshoes and other events. The Town’s Independence Day celebration features a parade, impressive fireworks, arts & craft vendors, and multiple bands. Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm the Historic 1908 Courthouse hosts one of the region’s best old time music jams. For more info call (276) 773-3711, or visit

Grayson County

Experience the traditional music and culture of Grayson County, Virginia, by visiting one of our nightly music jams, fiddlers conventions or festivals. Dance to the traditional tunes at a Grayson County festival, including the Fries Spring Festival honoring Henry Whitter, Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival, Wayne Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition, Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention, Fries Fiddlers Convention, The Albert Hash Memorial Festival, the Whitetop Mountain Molasses Festival, among others. Weekly traditional music jams are held in the communities of Independence, Fries and Rugby, Virginia. Home to some of the region’s best musicians and high quality craftsman of musical instruments, Grayson County offers the best of The Crooked Road. Take a break from the mountain music and enjoy nature’s music on the trails of Grayson County. Visit areas of the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, New River Trail State Park, The Virginia Creeper Trail, Appalachian Trail, or float down the scenic New River. Grayson County has it all! For more information on activities, lodging and events please visit our website www. or you can reach Grayson County Tourism at (276) 773-8002. We hope to see you soon on The Crooked Road!

Glade Spring

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The Town of Glade Spring expresses great beauty through its history, its neighborhoods and its caring people. Glade Spring welcomes you warmly and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities which include outdoor markets on the Town Square, many recreational opportunities and outstanding arts and entertainment events provided by nearby Emory & Henry College. Town of Glade Spring, 113 East Glade Street, Glade Spring, VA, (276) 429-5134,

On The Crooked Road in Grayson County… Fries Fiddlers Convention Grayson County Fiddlers Convention Galax Fiddlers Convention Blue Ridge Music Center Fairview Ruritan Club Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition Albert Hash Memorial Festival Henry Whitter Festival

WEEKLY JAMS: 1908 Courthouse Jam Mt. Rogers Community Jam Fries Jam Session

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Live music scheduled at these venues. Please contact each business for their current music schedule.

…also known as “Trail Town USA” and “The Friendliest Town on the Trail,” is a small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Damascus is the premier destination for those seeking a way into the wilderness as it is located at the confluence of the three top trout streams in the east and seven major trails. The Town is located directly on the Appalachian Trail, with white blazes steering the footpath straight down our Main Street (Laurel Avenue) which results in a town with a culture that is very much influenced by hiking. Additional major trails that cross through downtown Damascus include the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Trans America Bicycle Trail, The Crooked Road Music Trail, the Iron Mountain Trail, the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail, and the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast interested in the myriad of outdoor activities the area has to offer or just want to enjoy the slow pace of the small town life, there truly is something for everyone. Roam down Laurel Avenue and explore the works of art by local artists, chat with experts at one of our outfitters, or grab a bite to eat at one of our restaurants. In season, visit the Damascus Brewery and the Damascus Old Mill on Saturdays to enjoy local musicians. Don’t want to leave The Friendliest Town on the Trail quite yet? Stay in one of our inns, lodges, cabins, or bed and breakfasts. We invite you to visit with us, sit on the porch of one of our bed and breakfasts, grab a bite to eat, ride a bike through our forests, walk beside a mountain stream, and make yourself at home next to our waterfall. Damascus is also home to the Appalachian Trail Days Festival each May, the largest organized backpacking event in the world. For more information and a schedule of town events visit

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It’s always play time in Abingdon. Sometimes the play takes place on the stage at the famous Barter Theatre, where Gregory Peck and other entertainment giants have performed. Other times, visitors enjoy playing in the great outdoors, on the Virginia Creeper Trail and in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the Town. For those whose idea of play time includes shopping, nightlife or live music, fun is always on tap in the historic downtown district. Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau. 335 Cummings Street, Abingdon, VA 24210. (800) 435-3440

Complimentary, Hot Be Our Guest Breakfast Free High-Speed Internet Access Complimentary Access to Fitness Center Across the Street, Open 24 Hours Seasonal Outdoor Pool Read It & Return Lending LibrarySM* Pet Friendly ($35 per night, per pet) Guest Laundry (coin-operated) Free Daily USA TODAY® and Local Newspapers Complimentary Coffee and Cookies Available 24 Hours Free Parking

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Culture and heritage thrive in Washington County! With a vibrant art and music scene, historic sites, and outdoor recreational activities, we have something for everyone. History enthusiasts will enjoy walking tours of Abingdon’s Historic District, Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and Muster Grounds. Enjoy live theatre at the Historic Barter Theatre and relax at the Historic Martha Washington Hotel & Spa. Outdoor adventure seekers may choose to hike the Appalachian Trail, bike the Virginia Creeper Trail, spend the day kayaking the Holston River, fishing top-rated trout streams, or boating on South Holston Lake. Visitors looking for regional crafts by local artisans should check out the Heartwood, Holston Mountain Artisans, Town Square Center for the Arts, White’s Mill, and the Arts Depot. The leading industry in Washington County is agriculture, making for exceptional finds at our local farmers markets, or for a taste of the local produce, dine at the Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview. Traditional music is a way of life here in Washington County. Live music is frequently held at local farmer’s markets and can be found at many venues such as Heartwood, Meadowview Farmer’s Guild, as well as at our local craft breweries and restaurants throughout the county. Oh, and don’t forget the festivals taking place throughout the year like Trail Days (Damascus, mid-May), Plumb Alley Day (Abingdon, Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend), The Virginia Highlands Festival (Abingdon, late July, early August), and the Washington County Fair (County Fairgrounds, 2nd week of September).

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A Crooked Road Major Venue Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is your tempting first-taste of the culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia, a coalition of 19 counties, four cities and 54 towns. From the sounds of the region’s distinctive bluegrass to the sights of world renowned folk artists from around the mountains, you’ll find moments of discovery for the entire family. For art and craft lovers, Heartwood has four shopping galleries featuring juried craft from ’Round the Mountain Artisan Network and showcases the individuals who have devoted their lives to interpreting SWVA through all forms of the arts. And of all the cultural moments shared by families in Southwest Virginia, none are more personal and important than suppers. Heartwood’s restaurant recreates traditional southern moments through modern cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is open from 10am-3pm daily and Thursday nights for BBQ from 5-9pm where you’ll find an assortment of specialties crafted from the weekly farmer’s market on the chef’s daily menu. At the coffee, wine and beer C 71 M 36 Y0 K0

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bar, local roasts are brewed up daily to give you a jolt of caffeine through your favorite drip-brew or specialty latte. Located off Interstate-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, Heartwood is your starting point for any trip to Virginia; be inspired with the culture of the region and take off to discover craft, food, and heritage! Hours are Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm, Thursdays from 9am-9pm, and Sundays from 10am-3pm. For more information on Heartwood, visit or call (276) 4922400. For more information on Southwest Virginia or to plan a trip to the region, visit


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Music and More From The Crooked Road A TREASURY OF AMERICAN MUSIC is comprised of ancient ballads, hard-driving bluegrass and everything in between from 50 of Southwest Virginia’s best musicians. A 20-page booklet accompanies this two-disc collection which includes fan favorites Ralph Stanley, Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Big Country Bluegrass, and more. A CENTURY OF HERITAGE GUITAR MUSIC is a two-disc compilation of current and historical guitar music from The Crooked Road. A 40-page booklet accompanies this collection and includes historic and new recordings by Mother Maybelle, Lesley Riddle, Wayne Henderson, Ralph Stanley II, and many more. MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING – LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS (2015 & 2016) Each year at The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming we capture live concert recordings of some of America’s finest traditional artists like Jesse McReynolds, Wayne Henderson, Blue Highway, and Ricky Skaggs. The best performances from each year’s Homecoming are presented on CDs. Bluegrass Unlimited called the 2015 Live Concert Recordings “a must have” for roots music lovers. The 2015 and 2016 Homecoming concert CDs are available now. TO ORDER VISIT WWW.THECROOKEDROAD.ORG MERCHANDISE - Get connected to The Crooked Road with these great items and more by shopping at Heartwood in Abingdon or by visiting Hats, T-Shirts, Crooked Road CDs, “A Guide to the Crooked Road” by Joe Wilson (book with 2 CD recordings), CD Recordings by Crooked Road artists, and Crooked Road signs.

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“The 1927 Bristol Sessions is the single most important event in the history of country music.” – Johnny Cash

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In the summer of 1927, Ralph Peer made a decision that made country music history. Working as a talent scout and producer for the Victor Talking Machine Company, Peer saw the potential to find the music he was searching for in the Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia area. Auditions were held, and artists such as The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Ernest Stoneman recorded in a makeshift studio on State Street in downtown Bristol’s Taylor-Christian Hat Company. Over two weeks, 19 artists recorded 76 songs in what has become known as the 1927 Bristol Sessions, often considered the most important of early country music field recordings. Those recordings initiated and enhanced the careers of these superstar performers, and they were also hugely significant in the broad commercialization of country music. For these reasons, the United States Congress officially designated Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia as the “Birthplace of Country Music” in 1998. Today, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) celebrates and promotes Bristol’s rich musical heritage. The museum, a

Scott County

Singer/songwriter and Scott County native, A.J. Roach said in his song Scott County, “Its beauty is not rivaled in the western hemisphere.” Once you visit Scott County, we think you’ll agree with his assessment. EXPLORE Scott County! Scott County has something for everyone. Relax surrounded by scenic mountain vistas. Follow the footsteps of Daniel Boone’s trail blazed into the western frontier. Take a chairlift to view the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” Natural Tunnel. We have trails to keep an adventurist and a leisure traveler active. Dive into Devil’s Bathtub or take a hike to view the majestic double waterfall at Little Stony Falls! Scott County comes with its own soundtrack. Experience live pickin’ sessions, live concerts and impromptu “get-togethers” throughout the

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Smithsonian affiliate, tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their impact and legacy through its permanent exhibits featuring multiple theater experiences, interactive music-focused stations, technology rich media, artifacts, photographs, and text panels. Visitors can also enjoy special exhibits in the museum’s rotating exhibit gallery, along with a variety of activities and programming throughout the year. In addition to the museum, the parent organization of BCMM, the Birthplace of Country Music also hosts the award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival each year in September. The Festival was voted 2016 Southeast Festival of the Year by the Southwest Tourism Society. For information visit BristolRhythm. com. For more information about BCM programming, visit, email, or call (423) 573-1927.

county. Head on over to Carter Family Fold to hear music the way it was meant to be - acoustically! Noted as the first family of Country Music, the Carter Family is vital to the history of music. Relive this history by visiting Carter Family Fold every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. You can also experience real time pickin’ every Friday night at the County’s newest Crooked Road Affiliate Venue--Allen Hicks Friday night Jams, 6 p.m., 1844 Bethel Road, Nickelsville, (276) 479-2739. Free Admission; Donations Appreciated! The mountains. The people. The history. Scott County, VA is THE place for an authentic Appalachian experience. For more information, call Scott County Tourism (276) 386-6521. (276) 492-2409||37

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Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc. A Crooked Road Major Venue Every Saturday in Hiltons, Virginia, you can hear some of the best old time and bluegrass music around at the Carter Fold. Founded in 1979, the Carter Music Center was established to honor the original Carter Family and to preserve the music they made famous. The nonprofit Carter Center’s weekly shows of traditional, acoustic-only music and annual Carter Memorial festival have been presented since 1974. In June, the Fold hosts Clinch Mountain Music Fest. The Carter Family Museum and the A.P. Carter birthplace cabin are open Saturday evenings and during all special events as well. Don’t forget your dancing shoes when you visit! Fold shows are family-oriented and alcohol and drug free. The Center is proud to be one of nine Major Venues on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. For more information, visit our website – www. For recorded information on the upcoming week’s show, call (276) 386-6054, or call a volunteer staff member at (276) 594-0676. Spend a weekend with us in the Clinch Mountains. You’ll drift back in time and experience mountain culture and hospitality you’ll never forget. C 71 M 36 Y0 K0

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Visit Lee County for a taste of outdoor adventure, rural living, delightful small town music venues, and a landscape that is beautiful beyond compare. Lee County native Earl Taylor and his Stoney Mountain Boys were the very first bluegrass band to play in Carnegie Hall in 1959. From the days of bluegrass pioneer Earl Taylor to today, bluegrass lives on in Lee County. Live gospel and bluegrass bands play on Friday evenings at Wayne’s Place in Hubbard Springs. The restored Lee Theater in Pennington Gap hosts live music of all types throughout the year as well as comedy shows and plays. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park’s Wilderness Road Campground offers live music and storytelling events on Saturday evenings in the amphitheater. Special events include “Bikes, Bluegrass & BBQ”, the Lee County Fair, and the Wilderness Road Heritage Festival at Wilderness Road State Park. For the adventurous minded, Spearhead’s Stone Mountain Trail invites ATVs, UTVs dirt bikes, mountain bikes and hikers to take the challenge of the mountain. Stone Mountain provides intermediate and advanced trails for riders of all ages and skill levels with nine stunning overlooks, some with picnic areas. Experience an enduring mountain spirit as you visit music venues, historic sites, hike, bike or ride horseback along scenic trails, view natural wonders, or hunt and fish along our mountain streams. Visit Lee County, where Virginia begins! Call Lee County Tourism at (276) 346-4629 or visit

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Wise County

Wise County Tourism

Wise County is a place of mountains, music and more… Wise County is blessed with scenic, recreational, and historic attractions. For breathtaking scenery, visit the Powell Valley Overlook or Flag Rock Recreation Area. Nearly 36,000 acres of the Jefferson National Forest lie in Wise County, supporting a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities. For something a little more fast-paced, visit Lonesome Pine Raceway or the Mountain View ATV Trail. Explore our antique and craft shops, colleges, museums, and other historic and cultural attractions, including The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, the official outdoor Drama of Virginia. Pro-Art presents outstanding musical, theatrical, and artistic programs. The County has been the home of many famous people, including former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl champion Carroll Dale, bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, and Oscar-winning actor George C. Scott. To learn about Wise County coal mining, visit the Harry W. Meador, Jr. Coal Museum. The Southwest Virginia Museum, a Virginia State Park, showcases early Southwest Virginia life and history. The former home of author John Fox, Jr. and now a Virginia Historic Landmark, the Museum contains furnishings and memorabilia from the Fox family. For local and regional music, visit Lay’s Hardware Center for the Arts and Country Cabin II. For a complete profile on Wise County and the City of Norton, please visit or call (276) 328-2321.

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Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia, visitors to Big Stone Gap can enjoy the five museums, watch a production of the state’s longest running outdoor drama, “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”, walk the Greenbelt Trail, visit Big Cherry Lake, and attend Gathering in the Gap or other various events taking place throughout the year. Big Stone Gap Visitor Center 306 Wood Avenue East, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. (276) 523-2303,

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The Country Cabin with its descendant, Country Cabin II, is the oldest mountain music - cultural venue currently operating along The Crooked Road. The original Country Cabin was built in 1937 under President Roosevelt’s WPA program as a community recreational facility and is a National and State Historic Landmark. Local musicians gathered at the Cabin every Saturday night to perform and carry on traditional bluegrass and country music. The popularity of the weekly event soon outgrew the log cabin and in 2002, a larger facility was built in nearby Appalachian Traditions Village. In addition to clogging classes, line dance lessons, country weddings, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and the regular Saturday night music show, the Cabin hosts the annual Dock Boggs and Kate Peters Sturgill Memorial Festival the second Saturday in September. This festival honors the lives of two extraordinary local musicians – Dock Boggs, a soulful singer and unique banjo player, and ballad singer and songwriter Kate O’Neill Peters Sturgill. The festival offers local, regional and nationally-known traditional musicians and dancers, handmade mountain arts and crafts, and home-cooked mountain foods., (276) 679-3541 or (276) 393-8387. C0 M0 Y0 K100

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The original Country Cabin was built in 1937-38 under President Roosevelt’s WPA program. Kate Peters Sturgill, a local ballad singer and songwriter, was instrumental in the construction of the Cabin. Local musicians would gather on weekends for square dances, box suppers, cakewalks and other events. Country Cabin II opened in 2002.

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City of Norton

Come explore the City of Norton, Virginia’s Smallest Independent City! Centrally located at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Highway 58A and near the crossroads of three states, Norton offers an abundance of natural, cultural, and historic landmarks. There are ample opportunities to dine, shop, and stay awhile in this charming mountain community nestled beneath High Knob, the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains. Norton’s thousand-acre Flag Rock Recreation Area, located 10 minutes from downtown and adjacent to the Jefferson National Forest, offers visitors an overlook from more than a thousand feet above the city, picnic shelters, an 18-site campground that can accommodate tents and RVs, a multi-use trail system for mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners, and a 10-acre reservoir open to fishing, kayaking/ canoeing/paddle boarding, and electric motor boats. The city is also home to the Best Friend Festival, which is held every June and features good food, music, dance, entertainment, and familyoriented activities. The Woodbooger Fest is also held each fall at Flag Rock and features outdoor activities, games, food, and guided walks in search of the Woodbooger, a mythical Bigfoot-like creature rumored to roam the park. Norton is also a short drive from two of The Crooked Road’s major venues: Country Cabin II and the Ralph Stanley Museum. Come Get Outside and Explore Norton, Virginia! City of Norton 618 Virginia Ave., NW, Norton, VA 24273, (276) 679-1160

Virginia’s Smallest Independent City Centrally located at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Highway 58A and near the crossroads of three states, ·◊·◊·◊·◊·◊·◊·◊·◊·◊· Norton offers an abundance of natural, cultural, and historic landmarks. There are ample opportunities to dine, shop, and stay awhile in this charming mountain community nestled beneath High Knob, the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains. Broccoli Casserole

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Nestled in the heart of Appalachia and on the Crooked Road, along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, is Wise, population 3,200. Both historic and a community on the move, Wise is home to the County’s historic courthouse, historic homes and businesses, and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a top liberal arts school. The downtown community offers shopping and dining options ranging from quaint to contemporary.


Don’t Miss the 39th Annual 2nd Weekend Each October Each fall, the second weekend in October, downtown Wise comes alive for the Wise Fall Fling, a free festival held while fall color in the mountains is at its peak. About 150 vendors selling crafts, food, jewelry and more offer their wares alongside craft demonstrators, all while live traditional music ranging from banjos to bagpipes is played. The event also features essay, photo and art contests, a chili cook-off and a 5K race.

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Rita Longworth Wise, both an historic town and community on the move, is WiseWise CountyInn Famous Fling unique structures offering varied home to the andFall other appeal. Big Glades Community Square, an outdoor amphitheater, 2nd Wknd hosts outdoor movies and music concerts. The University July of Virginia’s at Wise is located along the outskirts of Wise County Famous College Fall Fling town. Downtown shopping and dining range from quaint to October contemporary. Wise hosts two annual festivals – Chillin & Grillin Courthouse Mall • Wise 276-328-6842 Barbecue Competition & Music Festival the third weekend in July Our Natural Beauty, Mountain Air, and Friendly People and Wise Fall Fling, the second weekend in October. make Wise “the place to be” in Southwest Virginia! Nestled in the heart of Appalachia and on the Town of Wise, P.O. Box 1100, Wise, VA 24293, (276) 328-6013, Crooked Road, along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, is Wise, population 3,200. Both historic and a community on the move, Wise is home to the County’s historic courthouse, historic homes and businesses, and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a top liberal arts school. The downtown community offers shopping and dining options ranging from quaint to contemporary.

Join us for our Special Events Throughout the Year! Each fall, the second weekend in October, downtown Wise comes alive for the Wise Fall Fling, a free festival held while fall color in the mountains is at its peak. About 150 vendors selling crafts, food, jewelry and more offer their wares alongside craft demonstrators, all while live traditional music ranging from banjos to bagpipes is played. The event also features essay, photo and art contests, a chili cook-off and a 5K race.

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St. Paul

Town of St. Paul

We are St. Paul, and we moved a river. And it still moves us today. We invite you to come and visit us. Be our guest. Paddle our waters, and hike our trails. Soak in the nature that abounds and experience all the opportunities that make the Clinch River Valley the place where America Goes Outdoors. Sugar Hill Brewing Co. opened fall 2016 and the new Western Front Hotel opening fall 2017.

L ays Hardware Center for the Arts Arts & Crafts Classes Artisan Studio Space FREE Jam Sessions


Bluegrass and Traditional Appalachian Music FRIDAY NIGHTS AT 7:00 w/admission

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276.395.5160 • 409 Front Street East, Downtown Coeburn, VA • Clinch River Days Festival Independence Fest Appalachian Heritage Days Clinch River Farmers Market Christmas Bazaar & Santa Train Scenic Clinch River Access, Canoes & Tubing Kid’s Fishing Tournament Oxbow Lake Sugar Hill Loop & River Trails Wetlands Estonoa Bluebell Island & St. Paul Trails Mountain View OHV Trails Skateboard Park Railroad House Museum & Gallery Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail Historic Hillman House Heart of Appalachia Visitor Center Welcome to St. Paul ~ 16531 Russell Street ~ St. Paul, VA 24283 ~ 276.762.5297 ~ 42||(276) 492-2409

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Dickenson County Virginia’s Baby

Let Your Adventure Begin Gorgeous Scenic Views • Music Along the Crooked Road • Museums Annual Events • Outdoor Adventures including Hiking, Biking, ATV, Motorcycle, Fishing, Boating, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Horseback Riding plus much more. Zip Lining coming soon!

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Birch Knob Observation Tower Breaks Interstate Park Cranesnest Hiking Biking & Equestrian Trail Dickenson County Historical Society Dickenson County Visitor’s Center Phipps Family Museum & Chamber of Commerce Clinchco Coal Miners Memorial Haysi’s Ridgeview ATV Trail John Flannagan Dam Rivers to Ridges Artisan Trail Ralph Stanley Museum • The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail Veteran’s Memorial Walk of Honor • Virginia Coal Heritage Trail Virginia Scenic Byway, Rt. 611

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Explore Dickenson County, Virginia’s youngest County known as “Virginia’s Baby”. The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Music Center, a Major Venue on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, is located on Main Street in Clintwood. The Ralph Stanley Memorial Day Festival “Hills of Home” is held at Dr. Ralph Stanley’s old home place on Sandy Ridge in Dickenson County. At the Breaks Interstate Park, you will find many outdoor activities as well as many music events throughout the year. The Town of Haysi provides music at their annual Russell Fork Autumn Fest and other events during the year. The Town of Clinchco hosts the annual Clinchco Days with many bluegrass musicians performing. For more information on the county and tourism destinations, stop by the Dickenson County Tourism Visitor’s Center and Chamber of Commerce located at 194 Clintwood Main Street or call (276) 926-6074.;;


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During the first weekend of October, Haysi hosts its Annual Russell Fork Autumn Fest, a Crooked Road venue, where you will find the best in bluegrass and mountain music along with “old time flat footing”. There is always plenty of food and crafts available. One of the destinations along the Crooked Road on State Route 83, enjoy Civil War Reenactments, Parades, Quilters Shows and plenty of what Haysi, the Eastern Gateway to Breaks Interstate Park and one of the friendliest, scenic towns in Southwest Virginia, has to offer. Town of Haysi, Virginia, P. O. Box 278, 322 Main Street, Haysi, VA. 24256, (276) 865-5187, haysiclerk@DCWIN.ORG,

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Tucked away in the scenic mountains of Southwest Virginia, the Town of Clintwood holds a truly unique experience for music lovers…The Ralph Stanley Museum, combining the career of Dr. Ralph Stanley with a historical journey of traditional mountain music. The Ralph Stanley Museum features a collection of memorabilia from the life and career of Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Stanley Brothers, and state-of-the-art audio and video displays. Visitors learn about Stanley, his music, and the mountains which molded his style. Stanley’s music conquered many Stanley Museum Courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation obstacles and endured to occupy an esteemed position in the world of country, bluegrass and roots music. This interactive musical journey gives you the opportunity to hear and see the music of these mountains in its original setting. To make the most of your visit, contact the Town of Clintwood at (276) 926-8383 to reserve one of the lovely suites located above the Ralph Stanley Museum so you can enjoy the Museum at your leisure. Take The Crooked Road to the Town of Clintwood and experience the Ralph Stanley Museum’s vision to preserve and promote bluegrass and mountain music. The Ralph Stanley Museum operating hours are MondaySaturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from March 15 – November 30. For more information call (276) 926-8550. Please call (276) 926-8550 or (276) 926-8383 for bus tours, large groups, or off season tours. The museum’s address is 249 Clintwood Main Street, Clintwood, VA 24228. C0 M0 Y0 K100

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& Traditional Mountain Music Center Our state-of-the-art museum chronicles the history of traditional mountain music through the story of Dr. Ralph Stanley. With multiple interactive audio and video displays, a fine collection of memorabilia from the life and career of Dr. Stanley, and in-depth educational panels, the museum is a true gem in Dickenson County.

Located at 249 Clintwood Main Street beside the Court House Mon-Sat 10a - 4:30p • Closed Dec - March For information about our upcoming programs: 276-926-8550 Please call for holiday or extended hours and package deals for Bus Tours and Large Groups with Sunday and Winter dates available. 44||(276) 492-2409


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Tazewell County

Megan Brown

Tazewell County’s musical heritage is evidenced by the continuing tradition of the Old Time Fiddlers Convention held each year at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park. The music is real and remarkable; the attendance is outstanding. Music is an important part of many other events in the County; the summers abound with local festivals and fairs at which the sounds of traditional Appalachian music fill the air and local crafters proudly display their handiwork. The Nature Conservancy has called Tazewell County one of twenty “Last Great Places” in the world. It’s a wonderful place to live, raise a family or retire and it’s a great place to visit. Native trout streams, local lakes and the Clinch River make up a fisherman’s paradise. The majestic mountains and country roads afford some of the most beautiful photo opportunities in the state; there are walking, hiking, biking, ATV, and motorcycle trails available for those who enjoy such outdoor activities. The Virginia Coal Heritage Trail runs right through the County; the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine & Museum in Pocahontas and the Virginia State Coal Miner’s Memorial in Richlands will especially appeal to historians. You’ll be welcomed by friendly, smiling people all over Tazewell County! (800) 588-9401,


The Town of Honaker, known as the Redbud Capital of the World, is located in scenic Russell County, Virginia. Situated at the foot of Big A Mountain and a couple of miles north of the Clinch River, Honaker is making the most of its natural and cultural heritage and outdoor recreation assets. Visit the Honaker Heritage Center and Museum to learn more about the Town’s timber, mining, railroad and agricultural history. Discover Honaker! (276) 873-6556

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Join us in the mountains for cool, family fun!

HELD THE 2ND FULL WEEKEND IN JULY IN THE SCENIC PIONEER PARK OF CRAB ORCHARD MUSEUM Camping available on-site • Food vendors • 1800’s cabin porches • Pickin’ under the trees by the creek Master Workshops • Dance on the Green • Performances Friday evening Competitions all day and evening Saturday

3663 Crab Orchard Road, Tazewell, VA 24651 • • 276-988-6755 (276) 492-2409||45


AT HEARTWOOD • I-81 EXIT 14 IN ABINGDON 11:00AM - 7:00PM • $5 ADULTS • $2 KIDS 6-12 • KIDS 5 & UNDER FREE For more info. contact The Crooked Road • (276) 492-2409 • •


June 8-16, 2018 • June 7-15, 2019 20+ Traditional Music Concerts • 100+ Cultural & Culinary Events

Always nine days ending the 3rd Saturday in June

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Visitor Guide

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One Heartwood Circle Abingdon, VA 24210 (276) 492-2409

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An American Music Journey (276) 492-2409

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