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The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail Historical Markers

Old time mountain music, bluegrass, and gospel is from Appalachia, and in Virginia these roads on this trail are dotted 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. Many of these markers broadcast a short audio program to your car’s FM radio.
 
The Crooked Road Marker at the Rocky Gap Welcome Center on I-77. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, September 10, 2017
The Crooked Road Marker at the Rocky Gap Welcome Center on I-77.
Virginia (Bland County), Bastian — The Crooked RoadThe 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 . . . — Map (db m108225) HM
Virginia, Bristol — Bristol — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Bristol. In 1927 the Victor Talking Machine Company sent a portable studio to Bristol, and music publisher Ralph Peer advertized for traditional musicians wishing to try their hand at recording. The test pressings of the resulting “Bristol . . . — Map (db m67275) HM
Virginia (Carroll County), Hillsville — Carroll County — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Caroll County. Carroll County has been richly productive of traditional musicians for generations. Legendary musical families have lived in Carroll since the late colonial period, including the Stonemans, Meyers, Meltons, and Edmonds families. . . . — Map (db m104638) HM
Virginia (Dickenson County), Breaks — The Crooked Road — 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 markers. Historically isolated, the region retained its strong musical legacy by . . . — Map (db m90701) HM
Virginia (Dickenson County), Meade — Dickenson County — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Dickenson County.The traditional music of Dickenson County has a special sound. Based upon tones from the Primitive Baptist and “Dunkard“ churches, this sound has influenced singers in the string bands of the region. The most . . . — Map (db m90774) HM
Virginia (Franklin County), Rocky Mount — Franklin County — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Franklin County. Welcome to Franklin County, the eastern gateway to The Crooked Road, a journey through Southwest Virginia's musical heritage that winds through the Appalachian Mountains for 265 miles. Franklin County has always been a cultural . . . — Map (db m71564) HM
Virginia, Galax — Galax — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Galax. Much of America’s music was invented in Virginia, and Galax and surrounding communities have long been an epicenter for the keeping of historic sounds and the creation of new ones. Greenberry Leonard lived in the Old Town section of . . . — Map (db m68284) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Independence — Independence — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Independence. Grayson County is noted for traditional music and altitude. Four of Virginia’s five highest mountains are to be found here. In 1850 Grayson County was in the midst of controversy concerning the location of the county seat. As a . . . — Map (db m72616) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Mouth of Wilson — Grayson County — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Grayson County. Western Grayson County has produced fine traditional musicians, performers at school entertainments, fiddlers’ conventions, and community gatherings for many generations. Among them was the old-time string band, the Rugby Gully . . . — Map (db m70778) HM
Virginia (Grayson County), Whitetop — WhitetopMt. Rogers — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Whitetop, Mt. Rogers. Visible at great distances, Whitetop Mountain was known as the “Meadow Mountain” in colonial times. With a climate similar to southern Canada, this beloved mountain is Virginia’s second highest peak and . . . — Map (db m71555) HM
Virginia, Norton — Norton / Coeburn — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Norton. Norton has produced important musicians for a century. Songwriter and ballad singer Kate O’Neill (later Kate Peters Sturgill) grew up here, began a string band in 1914, taught hundreds to play guitar, and was a pioneer on radio. . . . — Map (db m90885) HM
Virginia (Patrick County), Meadows of Dan — Meadows of Dan — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Meadows of Dan. Patrick County is named for a fiddler, Patrick Henry, and is where the Piedmont Plateau meets the Blue Ridge Mountains. Settled in Revolutionary times, it has always been a musical place. Stuart, the county seat, is named for a . . . — Map (db m104623) HM
Virginia (Scott County), Speers Ferry — Speers Ferry — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
(Right Side):Speers Ferry Historically the Clinch River served as a major avenue for settlement and opened up the area of southwestern Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Among other settlers, Daniel Boone lived along the banks of this . . . — Map (db m36087) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Big Stone Gap — Big Stone Gap — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Big Stone Gap. Big Stone Gap takes its name from a large stone, visible in a gap. Wagoners who followed Daniel Boone’s trail said: “It’s a day's ride from the Big Stone Gap to Cumberland Gap.” Fiddlers, banjo players, and . . . — Map (db m90913) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound Gap — The Crooked Road — 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 . . . — Map (db m90782) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Wise — Wise — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Wise. Known variously through the years as Big Glades, Gladesville, and Gladeville, Wise took its current name in 1924 after Henry Alexander Wise, Governor of Virginia before the Civil War. Located on the road between Union Kentucky and the . . . — Map (db m90857) HM

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