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Gate City in Scott County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Carter Musical Family

 
 
Carter Musical Family image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Summers, January 31, 2008
1. Carter Musical Family
Inscription. The Carter Family of Scott County, the "First Family of Country Music", consisted of Alvin Pleasant "A.P." Carter (1891-1960), who sang and composed; Sara E. Doughtery Carter (1898-1979), who sang lead and played the guitar and autoharp; and Maybelle Addington Carter (1909-1978), who sang and played the guitar and auto harp. After their first recording session in Bristol for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1927, the trio enjoyed tremendous popularity, appearing on the radio, and recording more than 250 songs until 1943. The Carter Family incorporated unique harmony vocals into traditional tunes and orginial material. A.P. and Sarah Carter are buried in Maces Springs, VA near Hiltons. Maybelle Carter is buried in Hendersonville, Tenn.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KA-18.)
 
Location. 36° 38.095′ N, 82° 33.312′ W. Marker is in Gate City, Virginia, in Scott County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 23/58), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. It is located at the visitor center kiosk, along with four other markers. The area is called Moccasin Gap. Big Moccasin Creek runs through here. Marker is in this post office area: Gate City VA 24251, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Several Markers at the Gate City Pull-off image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
2. Several Markers at the Gate City Pull-off
In this view are Big Moccasin Gap, Donelson's Indian Line, and the Carter Musical Family.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Donelson's Indian Line (here, next to this marker); Big Moccasin Gap (a few steps from this marker); First Court of Scott County (a few steps from this marker); McConnell's Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named First Court of Scott County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blackmore’s Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gate City (approx. 0.8 miles away); Faris (Ferris) Station (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gate City.
 
Also see . . .  The Carter Family Fold. (Submitted on April 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Beverly Summers of Lakeland, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,179 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Beverly Summers of Lakeland, Florida.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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