Virginia Mountain Music Guide

Photographs from various Virginia Mountain Music Guide Venues
Photographs from various Virginia Mountain Music Guide Venues
Photographs from various Virginia Mountain Music Guide Venues
Regional Heritage Resources - Archives, music trails, museums, and other resources for exploring Blue Ridge history and music.

W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection of Belk Library, at Appalachian State University - The William Leonard Eury Appalachian Collection is a repository for a wide variety of materials related to the Southern uplands. Located on the second floor of Belk Library at Appalachian State University, the Appalachian Collection has more than 26,000 volumes of books and over 200 periodical subscriptions, with special strengths in the social sciences, regional history, folklore, music, religion, genealogy, fiction, and African and Native Appalachia.

Appalachian Cultural Museum - The Appalachian Cultural Museum features exhibits on regional musicians, musical instruments, and the regional storytelling tradition. There is an interesting introductory film presentation on regional history as well as an unusual exhibit of the salvaged remains of a defunct Watauga County roadside tourist attraction called "The Land of Oz."

Blue Ridge Heritage Archive - Educators, researchers, and students of all ages find the Blue Ridge Heritage Archive to be an invaluable resource in their study of folk culture. The Archive serves as a permanent repository for photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, books, manuscripts, and other documents related to regional folkways. Holdings date from 1780 to the present. Ever growing, the collection touches upon nearly every aspect of Virginia folklife--from Tidewater gospel singing to Shenandoah Valley German dialect to Southwest Virginia historical crafts and trades. (Open weekdays by appointment.)

Rural Life Museum at Mars Hill College - The Rural Life Museum is devoted to the presentation, interpretation, and preservation of mountain culture and history. The museum is the home of the William Barnhill collection of photographs illustrating mountain life in western North Carolina; the museum also houses an interesting archive of folk recordings. Open Monday-Friday, or by appointment.

Digital Library of Appalachia - The DLA includes thousands of folk music field recordings and other heritage-related items digitized from the archival holdings of colleges in the Appalachian College Association. Blue Ridge folk musicians are well represented in the collection. No password is required.

Crooked Road Music Trail - Virginia's Crooked Road Music Trail guides motorists to selected folk music venues and museums on a route from the southern Blue Ridge to the coalfields of far southwest Virginia. Venues include the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bristol's Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, and Scott County's Carter Family Fold.

Southwest Virginia Heritage Guide - The Southwest Virginia Heritage Guide is a vast compendium of museums, archives, and other heritage resources in southwest Virginia, including the southern Blue Ridge.

The Harmon Museum - The Harmon Museum features exhibits on Hillsville history, Indian artifacts, pioneer tools, antique military guns, and early folk music memorabilia. This is definitely an interesting museum for the person interested in historical artifacts of any kind.

Resource Types
Traditional Music Recordings
Regional Heritage Resources
Traditional Music Publications
Regional Arts Agencies
Regional Radio
Produced by the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum of Ferrum College with support funding from the
National Endowment for the Arts.  © 2008