Near Mouth of Wilson in Grayson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail —
The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition is held annually here in the park on the third Saturday in June. Proceeds from the festival support a scholarship fund for mountain youngsters learning traditional music. A National Heritage Award winner, Henderson is the nation’s best known luthier and lives nearby. A Henderson guitar is on display at the Visitors’ Center inside the park. Grayson Highlands State Park has 15 miles of trails for walking, bicycling and horseback riding with majestic views. It offers a profusion of wild flowers during warm
The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Coalfields region, southwest Virginia is blessed with historic and contemporary music venues, musicians, and fretted instrument makers. Historically isolated, the region retained its strong musical legacy by passing traditions down through musical families to an appreciative community.
Old time mountain music, bluegrass, and gospel can be enjoyed all year long and several museums are devoted to showcasing the area’s rich musical heritage.
The Crooked Road winds through the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains and leads you to the major hotspots of old time mountain music, country music, and bluegrass. Alive and kickin’ for today’s fans, these venues preserve and celebrate musical traditions passed down through generations. Annual festivals, weekly concerts, radio shows, and jam sessions ring out to large audiences and intimate gatherings. Please visit the Crooked Road website to plan your trip to coincide with the current entertainment events.
Erected by The Crooked Road.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 36.74′ N, 81° 29.467′ W. Marker is near Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, in Grayson County. Marker is at the intersection of Highlands Parkway (U.S. 58) and Grayson Highland Lane, on the right when traveling west on Highlands Parkway. Touch for map. It is between Mouth of Wilson and Whitetop at the entrance to Grayson Highlands State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mouth of Wilson VA 24363, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Deere Mower Model 2 (a few steps from this marker); North Carolina / Virginia (approx. 3 miles away in North Carolina); White Top Folk Festival (approx. 5˝ miles away); Whitetop (approx. 6.1 miles away); Christmas Tree Farms (approx. 7˝ miles away); “Virginia Creeper” Railroad (approx. 7.6 miles away); Green Cove Station (approx. 8˝ miles away); “Maud Bows to The Virginia Creeper” (approx. 8˝ miles away).
More about this marker. The Grayson County panel has a photo of Estil and Orna Ball with his guitar and her accordion, a photograph of the park’s shaggy-maned wild ponies, and a photograph of Wayne, Walter, and Max Henderson. The Crooked Road panel
Also see . . .
1. Estil C. Ball – Wikipedia Entry. “E.C. Ball’s most famous composition was a piece he called ‘Tribulations,’ based, as he told Alan Lomax in 1959, ‘on the last book in the Bible: Revelations.’ It has been frequently covered by other musicians as ‘Trials, Troubles, Tribulations’.” (Submitted on December 15, 2013.)
2. Wayne C. Henderson: How Guitar Making Saved His Life. This 2009 Making Contact radio documentary by Ben Hubbard is 29 minutes long. “When people call I say, well, just write me a letter with what you want and I’ll put you on the list and if I live long enough then that will be great.” (Submitted on December 15, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 340 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the Henderson guitar at the park’s Visitors’ Center • Photos of Grayson County musicians, then and now • Can you help?