When Mountain Empire Community College opened its doors in Southwest, Virginia in 1972, it served one of the richest areas in the nation for traditional music and crafts.
From the beginning, the College recognized the richness of traditional life in the community. On the faculty the first year were two folklorists, Roddy Moore and George Reynolds, who with their students visited musicians and artists throughout southwest, Virginia and learned about their music, arts, and mountain life skills. They invited the folks they met to come to the campus for a celebration of Appalachian culture called Home Craft Days. That first festival in 1972 was one of the finest gatherings of traditional artists and mountain music in memory.
For over 38 years musicians and craftspeople from southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, and eastern Kentucky have come to Mountain Empire Community College each October for a celebration they have now made their own.
Crafts and demonstrations include weaving, pottery making, grist milling, wood crafting, basket weaving, broom making, quilting, tatting and much more.
The event kicks off with a free Friday night concert. Saturday and Sunday will feature performances every hour on our two stages- Legends and Legacy. Enjoy the food, fun, and friendship of Southwest Virginia and come home to the Home Craft Days festival.
Last Updated: 5/6/2015 4:19 PM