Ralph Stanley Museum
|Location||249 Main St. Clintwood, Virginia|
The Ralph Stanley Museum is a monument to Dr. Ralph Edmond Stanley, an American bluegrass artist, known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing. The museum opened in October 2004, in Clintwood, Virginia, close to McClure, Virginia, where Ralph Stanley was born. It is also accompanied by a Traditional Mountain Music Center, where private parties and meetings can be held.
The museum is one of the venues of Crooked Road, Virginia, on Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, which is designed to generate tourism and economic development in the Appalachian region of Southwestern Virginia by focusing on the region’s unique musical heritage. The vision for the museum and music center is to preserve and promote mountain and Bluegrass music with workshops, seminars, and conventions.
The museum is decorated to look more subjective, including the front desk which looks like an over-sized banjo. The museum describes many of Stanley's travels, and even contains some of his older possessions including instruments and journals.
Every May the Ralph Stanley Museum hosts a festival called "Ralph Stanley Days", which is a festival devoted to Stanley's culture and work.
- Ralph Stanley Museum - official site
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