Galax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1941 by Virginia Conversation Commission. (Marker Number U-26.)
Location. 36° 39.45′ N, 80° 55.362′ W. Marker is in Galax, Virginia. Marker is on South Main Street (Virginia Route 89) near the entrance to Felts Park, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galax VA 24333, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Galax: Home of Traditional Mountain Music (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Railroad: Lifeline to the World (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Galax (approx. ¾ mile away); First County Seat (approx. 2.1 miles away); “New River Train” Song (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fries (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fries (approx. 5.3 miles away); First Court of Grayson County (approx. 8.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Galax.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry. “Located in the Appalachian region of the United States, Galax has long been famous for its traditional, or ‘old-timey’ music and musicians. Although the entire Appalachian region is known for its music, the region around Mount Airy, North Carolina and Galax is one of the few areas of the United States where this music has remained strongest, even among young people. The Old Fiddlers’ Convention, one of the most prominent traditional music contests in the United States, has been held annually in Galax since 1935. It has long attracted the best up-and-coming musicians in the bluegrass firmament. The Blue Ridge Music Center with its amphitheather and music museum of old-time music is just a few miles away on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 213.
“Galax was founded along the watercourse of Chesnut Creek which has provided an abundant water supply for the city as well as furnishing an early source of power. The Norfolk and Western Railway extended a spur into the village, then called Blairs, with the first train arriving in 1904. The town itself was incorporated in 1906. It was named after Galax, an evergreen plant growing in the area. The railroad provided both freight and passenger transportation that facilitated the growth of industry and provided many of the necessities of life for the people. The manufacture of furniture,
“During the 1950s, Galax chose to separate from the two counties into whose territory it extended and became an independent city. That status fueled initial economic growth and provided a strong tax base for a number of years. While cooperating with both Grayson and Carroll Counties, Galax was able to chart an independent course to better respond to the needs of its citizens. With the decline in economy, Galax has seen the closing of all but one of its furniture factories leaving much of the population unemployed. Galax has been claimed as the ‘bluegrass capital of the world’.” (Submitted on June 3, 2013.)
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