Carter Family Fold

The Carter fold is a rus­tic, 800+ seat music shed offer­ing tra­di­tion­al music every Sat­ur­day night. Muse­um opens an hour pri­or to the show.

The Carter Fam­i­ly was dis­cov­ered in 1927 by Vic­tor Record­ing Stu­dio in Bris­tol and record­ed 300 songs between 1927 and 1942. Play­ing tra­di­tion­al Appalachi­an music, the fam­i­ly has often been cred­it­ed as fore­run­ners of mod­ern-day coun­try music. 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.

Today, A.P. Carter’s old gen­er­al store acts as a muse­um. Recent addi­tions include the new­ly moved and recon­struct­ed orig­i­nal A.P. Carter Home­place.

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