Positioned in Southwest Virginia, the Crooked Street is more than just a driving route. This 200-mile heritage music trail winds by means of Appalachia and connects music venues and heritage sites that spotlight the traditional music of the region; the gospel, bluegrass and mountain music that is been handed down for generations by local families. Alongside the way you’ll discover stage exhibits, outside live shows, festivals, Appalachian crafts, galleries and a few nice scenery; nevertheless it is the locals who bring the Crooked Street to life. Be it the banjo maker in Galax or the quilter in Floyd, they all have a story to tell. And part of the whole Crooked Street experience is just taking the time to listen.
Technically the Crooked Highway is not just one street, however a route composed of many state routes and native roads. The very best place to begin is the eastern terminus, Rocky Level; which is positioned 25 miles south of Roanoke. Simply take VA 40 west towards Ferrum and comply with the Crooked Street signs. Not solely is that this the easiest access level, but Ferrum makes a great first stop; as the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum offers a good overview on the regional heritage.
Positioned on the campus of Ferrum College, the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum features indoor gallery area plus an outside heritage farm museum. The gallery area hosts exhibitions which highlight the people and heritage of the region. There is degree entry to the museum, barrier-free access all through the galleries and loads of accessible parking outside.
Throughout the street, take some time to look by means of the Farm Museum which has gravel and dust pathways, ramps up to the barns and a few steps up into the farmhouse. The pathways are doable for most individuals in dry climate and regardless that you possibly can’t access each show, you can nonetheless get a very good really feel for what Virginia farm life was like back in 1800.
Traveling west on the Crooked Highway, you may cross the Blue Ridge Parkway and enter Floyd County. Here’s the place somewhat diversion is in order. Although it isn’t on the official route, I highly advocate at least a short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as it’s totally scenic. Either means, a cease is Floyd is a must; and if you’re in search of overnight lodging, look no additional than the Oak Haven Lodge.
Opened in 2003, this 10-room rustic lodge options ramp entry to the front porch and workplace, with accessible parking available in a gravel parking area next to the office. Room 1 is situated downstairs and has vast doorways, two double beds, good pathway access and a 5-foot turnaround in the bathroom. Access features within the bathroom embody a low-step shower, a roll-underneath sink, seize bars within the bathe and around the toilet and a transportable bathe chair. A commode chair can also be available upon request. All this for a very affordable $sixty five per night.
Persevering with west, you’ll move by Galax and Abingdon earlier than coming to Bristol. Right here you will discover the Birthplace of Nation Music Alliance Museum, which features displays on the roots of country music and the musicians that helped form the genre. Entry is superb throughout the museum, with a stage entrance and barrier-free entry to all of the exhibits. Better of all, admission is free.
There’s loads of stay music to be had in Bristol too, with weekly concert events on the Birthplace of Nation Music Mural on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights and a Thursday morning jam session at the Star Barbershop on State Street. All of those musical events are free and open to the public. And as far as entry goes, there’s good wheelchair-access to the seating area on the mural and degree access to the Star Barbershop.
Finally, it doesn’t matter what you do on your Crooked Road journey, save time for a visit to the Carter Household Fold for a Saturday evening concert. Granted some advance planning is required to plan a Saturday night keep close to the Hiltons, however fortunately it’s solely about 20 minutes from Bristol.
Situated on the AP and Sara Carter homestead, the Carter Family Fold is definitely a big theater; and in keeping with tradition, only acoustic instruments are allowed and no alcohol is served. That said, every week there’s a totally different headliner, so no exhibits are exactly alike. The vitality however, is ever present.
Accessible parking is situated close to the theater with stage entry to the entrance. Accessible seating (with companion seating) is obtainable up font and it’s the only reserved seating within the house. Certainly the front seats are those with an up-shut take a look at all the motion, as a result of once the music begins, the realm in front of the stage turns into a large dance floor. However once more, that’s all a part of the show. All in all it’s excellent spot to combine with the locals and an excellent opportunity to take pleasure in an actual slice of Crooked Street culture.