Category Archives: History

God and Country Celebration

The God and Country Celebration in Yadkin County is a daylong town festival with a patriotic theme featuring music, food, crafts, parade, speeches and fireworks. This popular event will take place the Saturday before July 4th and will begin at 9:30 am. Estimates put attendance at this popular event between 10,000 and 15,000 people. The celebration starts off with a parade that features floats and bands, which compete for prizes.  At noon, music begins on the music stage at the school and features local and regional bands performing bluegrass, old-time string band, gospel, and rock & roll. Beginning at 6:00pm, there is a patriotic program featuring a special speaker each year who talks about “God and Country”. There is also gospel singing and a special feature to the evening program honoring local veterans, which includes military music.  Fireworks begin at 9:00pm.

Hungry Mother State Park

April is a great time to enjoy the beautiful spring through hikes or family picnics, especially in Virginia. If you’re looking for a beautiful park with great history, visit Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia. Along with beautiful scenery, the park has swimming, camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals and a conference center. It also has a great history; legend has it that when Native Americans destroyed several settlements on the New River south of the park, a woman named Molly and her small child were among the survivors. They wandered through the wild eating berries, but Molly was too weak and collapsed, while her child continued down the creek to find help. The only words her child could say were “Hungry Mother”, and that is how the state park got its name. Don’t be stuck inside all spring. Visit Virginia and explore the Hungry Mother State Park for yourself. For more information, visit the website.

Galax Leaf and String Festival

For nine years, during the second weekend in June, the Galax Leaf and String Festival has served to highlight the best Virginia has to offer. This festival was originally created as a traditional music event, but the community continued to evolve into a showcase for other events as well. Now, the festival is a celebration of arts, music and literature as more activities are offered for everyone. If you’re looking for something to do during the second weekend of June, don’t miss out on this amazing festival. Bring your family and enjoy! For more information, visit the festival’s website.

The History of Merlefest

If you enjoy listening to new music and attending festivals, then don’t miss out on Merlefest in Wilkes County, North Carolina. This festival was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. The festival combines traditional and country with new country, a term Doc Watson called “traditional-plus”. Doc Watson himself described traditional plus as “the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play”. Don’t miss out on a great time and a unique experience! Visit the Merlefest website for a complete list of bands.

New River Arts and Crafts

If you like home décor, paintings and photography, then you will love the New River Arts and Crafts shop. New River Arts and Crafts is an e-commerce website where you can find artistic works, quality crafts and home grown agricultural products for sale. If you want to experience North Carolina culture without leaving your house, you can go online and order some of these fantastic and unique crafts. The website features the creators, growers and producers who craft and grow these wonderful products. None of the products offered from New River Arts and Crafts are mass-produced; instead, each piece is hand crafted by locals who have been blessed with tremendous creative talent. To explore New River Arts and Crafts, visit its website and order some North Carolina culture.

The Shore-Styers Mill Park


There is an undisturbed park embedding a cascading waterfall on North Deep Creek in Yadkin County, North Carolina. Numerous walking trails weave through the Shore-Styers Mill Park, which contains two gardens and steep hills sprinkled with ferns and mountain laurel. The powerful waterfall has been home to several mills in the past, including a sawmill, corn mill, and a flour mill.

Shore-Styers Mill Park is a haven for those looking for quiet, rustic hikes and pastoral views. It is comprised of 4.41 acres of forest along North Deep Creek and is located 4 miles east of Yadkinville between Shacktown Road and Old Highway 421.

For more information and a history of the mills along the creek, visit http://www.shacktownnc.com/ShoreStyersMillPark.php

Confederate Monument

Washing D.C. is not the only city with historic monuments. In Carroll County, Virginia, the Confederate Monument stands 21 feet tall and is made of zinc. This monument was unveiled on July 4, 1907 and has been in Carroll County ever since. It is located on the lawn of the Carroll Courthouse, although it originally stood in the middle of Main Street. With so much rich history, how could you not visit Carroll County? For contact information, visit the website.

Aunt Peet’s Cottage

With all of the kids at home for the summer, sometimes all you want is a little peace and quiet. Don’t look any further than Aunt Peet’s Cottage in Grayson County, Virginia. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this cottage offers a great value for your weekend getaway. This cottage sleeps up to nine people comfortably, so if you’re looking for a great escape with some good friends, feel free to try it. The cottage even has its own hot tub and private gazebo.

Blue Ridge Parkway History – 75th Anniversary

In honor of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary, take a moment to learn about the history of the Parkway and where it all began at Cumberland Knob. The Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates its 75th Anniversary on Sept. 10-12.

Hungry Mother State Park – Learn about the Settlers of Southwest Virginia

Southwest VA Settlers Museum

On Saturday, Sept. 4, the Museum of Southwest Virginia will be at Hungry Mother State Park presenting “The Migration Story of Southwest Virginia, a program about the Scotch-Irish and German immigrants who came to the Southwest Virginia mountains. You’ll learn about the people who laid the foundation that makes up today’s Appalachian culture. The program starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Park Amphitheater. Dylan House, curator of the Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia, will be conducting the program. 

Hungry Mother State Park is located three miles outside of Marion, Va. and offers a variety of outdoor recreation and education programs. For more info, contact the Discover Center at 276-781-7400.

About The Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia

Located in Atkins, Va, a few miles from I-81 and on the Appalachian Trail, the museum offers up an exploratory way to learn about the people who moved to Southwest Virginia and about 19th century farm life of Southwest Virginia. The museum has a one-room school house, a farmhouse, and multiple out buildings.