The Crooked Road — Virginia's Heritage Music Trail
Woodlawn and adjacent areas of Carroll County have made a rich contribution to America's traditional music. Ernest V. (Pop) Stoneman lived here. His recording career with his family began in 1924 and spanned decades of technology, beginning with the Edison cylinder and continuing to today's compact disc. The Melton Family of traditional Appalachian dulcimer makers and players
is from here. They were the subject of a notable study by the Smithsonian Institution. Banjoist, fiddler, instrument-maker and recording entrepreneur Kyle Creed kept his various enterprises near here. Autoharp wizard Kilby Snow re-defined that instrument, and became a legend to its players everywhere. He moved about locally, but lived a portion of his life here.
Families have kept a legacy of music here from the late colonial period until the present. Family names among these keepers include the following: Lundy, Melton, Cole, Stoneman, Patterson, Edmonds, Horton, Lowe, Smith, Sizemore, Russell, Bryant, Burnette, Lyon, Lineberry, Meyers, Burris, Burcham, Harrison, and Caldwell. The Harmon Museum contains artifacts, documents, and photos that relate the history of the
Woodlawn area. Crooked Creek Fishing and Recreation Area offers excellent trout fishing year round. Biking, hiking, equestrian, and birding trails are also a part of this
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 passing traditions down through musical families to an appreciative community.
Old time mountain music, bluegrass, and gospel can be enjoyed all year long and several museums are devoted to showcasing the area's rich musical heritage.
The Crooked Road winds through the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains and leads you to the major hotspots of old time mountain music, country music, and bluegrass. Alive and kickin' for today's fans, these venues preserve and celebrate musical traditions passed down through generations. Annual festivals, weekly concerts, radio shows, and jam sessions ring out to large audiences and intimate gatherings. Please visit the Crooked Road website to plan your trip to coincide with the current entertainment events.