Shelt Carpenter

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Shelt Carpenter
Birth name James Orval Shelton Carpenter
Born February 7, 1862
Braxton County, West Virginia, US
Died April 28, 1937
Genres Old-time music
Instruments Fiddle
Years active c. 1880–1937

Shelton "Shelt" Carpenter, born February 7, 1862 at Sutton, West Virginia, died April 28, 1937, was an outdoorsman, fiddle player,[1] and mountain folklife philosopher of note.[2][3] He is interred in the Braxton County Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Sutton, West Virginia.


  1. ^ Gerald Milnes. 1999. Play of a Fiddle, Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia, Lexington, Ky.: The University Press of Kentucky, pp. 41-42.
  2. ^ Braxton County, West Virginia Historical Society. 1974. "Shelt Carpenter's Tales Famous Throughout State" in Journal of the Braxton Historical Society, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 3, 9.
  3. ^ Michael Kline. 2006. "Carpenter Family" in The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Ken Sullivan, ed. Charleston, W.Va.: The West Virginia Humanities Council, pp. 113-114; see also