RALPH STANLEY MUSEUM AND TRADITIONAL MOUNTAIN MUSIC CENTER
Dr. Ralph Stanley.
The exterior has been renovated with Community Development Block Grant funds. The interior of the building has been completely redesigned to accommodate the museum. Funds for this work have been provided with grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Virginia Coalfield Economic Authority, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the Rural Development program of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Center is run by an independent non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors and professional staff. The building contains a variety of state of the art exhibits and displays highlighting the roots of Ralph Stanley’s musical traditions in Dickenson County and the surrounding area, his childhood, the music of Carter and Ralph Stanley and band, the continuing growth and development of Ralph Stanley’s music, and the influences of his music on the careers of many other famous artists. The museum will serve as an archive and focal point for the music and musicians of the Appalachian region of Southwestern Virginia. The museum also contains a welcome center and gift shop. The facility is handicapped accessible.
Ralph Stanley, recipient of an honorary Ph.D. from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, has received major recognition for his unique role in presenting and preserving the traditional music of the southwestern Virginia mountains. He has received three Grammy awards. As a result of the recent film, “O, Brother Where Art Thou”, Dr. Stanley and his music have become better known to the general public.
The museum opened in October 2004.
Directions: From US Route 23, follow Route 83 to Clintwood. At the stop light, turn left onto Main Street. The Ralph Stanley Museum is approximately 3 blocks on the left.
Click here to visit the Official Ralph Stanley Museum website!
Or call 276-926-5591 for more information.