Janette Carter, one of three children of A.P. and Sara Carter established the Carter Family Fold to honor the memory of her parents and Maybelle Carter who played a historic role in helping give birth to the age of country music beginning in 1927. Even though Janette has passed away, her daughter Rita is carrying on the musical and performing legacy she established . The original Carter Family lived on this hallowed ground, right where the Carter Fold is today, in Poor Valley, at the foot of Clinch Mountain in southwest Virginia. This was their home and base of operations. Since 1974, the non-profit Carter Music Center has presented programs of old time and bluegrass music every weekend.
The Saturday concerts highlight the musical style made popular by the Carter Family, considered by many as country music's first family. In keeping with the traditional music style, no electrical instruments are allowed (everything is acoustic). There's lots of dancing and fun for the entire family. Shows are family-oriented; no alcohol is permitted at concerts. Delicious home-fixed snacks are available at the Carter Fold Snack Bar, and you might be able to round out your collection of Carter Family recordings at the well-stocked souvenir and record concession. Come early and browse through our Museum before the show.
Unless otherwise stated, Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30pm. Admission is $10 unless noted, depending on the program, $2 for children 6 to 11, children under age 6 are free. Any exceptions will be noted in the schedule listing.
The Museum & Cabin open at 6:00pm on Saturdays. Admission to the Museum and Cabin is by donation. Tickets are available at the door the evening of the shows. Advance tickets are not available unless noted in the schedule. For recorded and most up-to-date program information, call 276-386-6054. If you need to speak with a volunteer staff member, call 276-594-0676. If we don’t answer immediately, we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.