Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The World's First Bluegrass Festival
The World's First Bluegrass Festival was held at Oak Leaf Park, Luray, Virginia on July 4, 1961. Featured bands: Bill Clifton & the Dixie Mountain Boys, Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, Mac Wiseman, the Stanley Brothers, the Country Gentlemen, and Jim & Jesse the Virginia Boys. Organized by Bill Clifton - 1961.
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this historic event, this monument was dedicated as part of the Oak Leaf, Bluegrass & Mountain Music Festival held at Luray Caverns, Luray, Virginia on July 2, 3, 4, 2011. Organized by Don DePoy and Martha Hills - 2011.
Erected 2011 by Town of Luray, Virginia; Luray Caverns; and Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Makers Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1961.
Location. 38° 39.94′ N, 78° 28.954′ W. Marker is in Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker can be reached from Cave Hill Road, 0.2 miles Lee Highway (U.S. 211/340), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Cave Hill Rd, Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Luray Valley Museum (a few steps from this marker); Willow Grove Mill In Olden Days (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shenk Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Heartpine Cafe (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Hamburg African American Regular School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rev. Bernard Willy House (about 300 feet away); Burner Barn (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
Also see . . . Bill Clifton. Wikipedia article about Bill Clifton (Submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.