Norton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Norton / Coeburn
—The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail —
Blues banjoist Dock Boggs lived here, and recordings he made 80 years ago are still in print. Pioneer bluegrass musicians the Stanley Brothers and Jim and Jesse McReynolds got their start on Norton radio station WNVA. Black string bands directed by Carl Martin performed on the streets of Norton. The Cooke Family of gospel singers are from here, as is bluegrass musician, Jack Cooke.
In addition to the music, the Norton area offers many outdoor recreation opportunities. On a clear day from the summit of High Knob, you can view majestic Appalachian peaks in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee.
Coeburn. East of Norton lies the town of Coeburn The mountains have always influenced Coeburn's musicians and the
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
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° 56.297′ N, 82° 36.52′ W. Marker is in Norton, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Wharton Lane and Norton Coeburn Road (U.S. 283), on the left on Wharton Lane. Touch for map. It
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Armed Forces Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Norton (approx. 1.2 miles away); Napoleon Hill (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wise (approx. 3.1 miles away); Gladeville in the Civil War (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Wise (approx. 3.3 miles away); The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (approx. 3.5 miles away); Benge’s Gap (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norton.
More about this marker. The Norton panel has three photographs captioned “Flag Rock,” “Kate Sturgill,” and “Dock Boggs.” The Coeburn panel has three photographs captioned “Guest River Gorge,” “Jim and Jesse McReynolds with Janette Carter,” and “Little Stoney Falls.” The Crooked Road panel has two photographs captioned “The Carter Family” and “Dr. Ralph Stanley”
Also see . . .
1. Kate Peters Sturgill - My Stone Mountain Home.
2. Byrd Moore & His Hot Shots-The Ballad of Frankie Silvers.
Byrd Moore & His Hot Shots-The Ballad of Frankie Silvers
3. Dock Boggs - “Down South Blues”.
Dock Boggs - “Down South Blues”
4. Classic Bluegrass Mandolin by Jesse McReynolds.
Classic Bluegrass Mandolin by Jesse McReynolds
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 23, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.