The Crooked Road: Communities

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    The Crooked Road Communities consist of 10 counties, 14 towns and three cities in the Blue Ridge Highlands and Heart of Appalachia regions of southwest Virginia.

    Going from east to west, the communities dangle along Route 58 like a broken fiddle string and then jut up north along Route 23.

    Franklin County — "The Land Between the Lakes and the Blue Ridge" is home to the Franklin County Fun Fest. One of the major venues along the Crooked Road is located in Ferrum — The Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum and the site of the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.

    Rocky Mount — A site for plenty of jamming sessions, including a festival at the Tripple Creek Ranch.

    Floyd County — One of the major venues along the Crooked Road is located in the town of Floyd — the Floyd Country Store Jam Sessions and Concerts. The annual FloydFest is one of the best festivals in Virginia.

    Patrick County — Many famous musicians hail from this county. Quite a few jam sessions and fiddlers' conventions take place here, too.

    Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store. Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store. 

    Carroll County — The Blue Ridge Music Center is here. It's one of the major venues along the Crooked Road.

    Hillsville — Home of the Hillsville Concert Series and Hillsville Jam Sessions.

    Grayson County — "The Rooftop of Virginia" and home of the Grayson County Old Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention.

    Independence — Home of the famous Mountain Foliage Festival & Mountain Privy Races as well as the 1908 Courthouse.

    Galax — Galax is an independent city nestled between Carroll and Grayson Counties. It is home to the most famous fiddlers' convention of all time, The Galax Fiddlers' Convention, and the Rex Theater which is a major venue along the Crooked Road.

    Washington County — This county was the first place in America named for George Washington. The Appalachian Trail runs through here.

    Amber Collins of No Speed Limit performs at the Galax Fiddlers' Convention. Amber Collins of No Speed Limit performs at the Galax Fiddlers' Convention. 

    Abingdon — Home to The Barter Theatre which is the State Theatre of Virginia.

    Damascus — considered "The Friendliest Little Town Along the Appalachian Trail."

    Bristol — "The Birthplace of Country Music" and a major venue along the Crooked Road. The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion takes place here, too.

    Scott County — The Carter Family Fold is here, one of the major venues along the Crooked Road.

    Gate City— in Scott County.

    Lee County — "Where Virginia Begins" and the place where the Lee County Tobacco & Fall Festival takes place.

     

    Bluegrass musicians play in front of the sign of the Carter Family Fold. Bluegrass musicians play in front of the sign of the Carter Family Fold. 

    Wise County — The Mountain Music School is here at Mountain Empire Community College where they host jams as well.

    Appalachia — Home to Coal and Railroad Days

    Big Stone Gap — Home of the "On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine" Outdoor Drama.

    Coeburn — Birthplace of Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Ralph Stanley Festival.

    Pound — Home to Pound Heritage Days.

    Wise — Wise County Fairgrounds is here.

     

    David Davis & The Warrior River Boys David Davis & The Warrior River Boys on stage at the Ralph Stanley Festival, 2007 

    Norton — The city of Norton is where the Country Cabin, one of the major venues along the Crooked Road, and Appalachian Heritage Village is located.

    Dickinson County - Home to Breaks Interstate Parks where many music activities are held.

    Clintwood — Home to the Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center as well as the Jettie Baker Center.

Last Updated: 6/27/2012 4:55 PM
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