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Mars Hill in Madison County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bascom Lamar Lunsford

1882 - 1973

 
 
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Marker image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, November 23, 2013
1. Bascom Lamar Lunsford Marker
Inscription. "Minstrel of Appalachia." Folklorist, collector,& performer. Pioneered and promoted American folk festivals. Was born here.
 
Erected 1999 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number P - 80.)
 
Location. 35° 49.586′ N, 82° 32.945′ W. Marker is in Mars Hill, North Carolina, in Madison County. Marker is on Cascade St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mars Hill NC 28754, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mars Hill College (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mars Hill College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marshall (approx. 7.8 miles away); Robert E. Lee (approx. 7.8 miles away); Buncombe Turnpike (approx. 7.8 miles away); David Vance (approx. 7.8 miles away); Colonel Edward F. Rector, USAF (approx. 7.8 miles away); Brothers In Service (approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mars Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. Listen to Bascom Lamar Lunsford recordings. (Submitted on October 1, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. NC state Office of Archives and History for marker P-80. (Submitted on January 4, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 26, 2009
2. Bascom Lamar Lunsford Marker
Bascom Lamar Lunsford image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 28, 2009
3. Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Bascom Lamar Lunsford was born at Mars Hill, Madison County, North Carolina in 1882. His father James Bassett Lunsford was a self-taught teacher and his mother Luarta Leah Buckner often sang old ballads and religious songs. His father bought a fiddle to be shared between Bascom and his brother Blackwell. Later his brother bought a banjo. He played this on all social occasions - square dances, weddings and school entertainments. He enrolled at Rutherford College and began teaching in Madison County. When he became a fruit tree salesman he visited isolated farms and there exchanged songs and tunes with the customers. In 1906 he married Nellie Triplett. In 1909 he re-enrolled at Rutherford College. After studying at Trinity College (which became Duke University) he passed the bar exams and became licensed solicitor in 1913.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 721 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 4, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   3. submitted on September 28, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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