Friday, July 20, 2012

Appalachian Culture along The Blue Ridge Parkway

See remnants of the oldest settlements along the Parkway, learn a bit of the history from exhibits at the Visitor Centers, and read all the overlook signs. Highlights include:
Mabry Mill is Mile Post 176 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic day trip from The Claiborne House!
Milepost 5 - Humpback Rocks - See old Appalachian farm buildings of the 19th century at the Mountain Farm Exhibit. During summer months, enjoy living history demonstrations. The Humpback Rocks Visitors Center features exhibits on housing, community, transportation and entertainment of the region.
Milepost 34.4 - The Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area features narrow gauge railroad track once known as the Irish Creek Railway. See an exhibit on logging, too.
Milepost 63.6 - James River Visitor Center features an exhibit on the James River and Kanawha Canal, which was once a primary commercial route. A trail takes you to a restored lock dating from the mid-19th century.
Milepost 85.9 - Peaks of Otter - The Johnson farm is a living history farm during the summer. The Polly Woods Ordinary served as a lodging establishment for travelers in the early 1830s. Both are two structures reminiscent of a bygone era.
Milepost 120.4 - Enjoy a 3.7-mile side trip to Roanoke Mountain. Roanoke is where the Great Wagon Road branched south into North Carolina and west.
Milepost 154 - The Trail Cabin, circa 19th-century, represents the isolation of mountain residents. The location has been described as spectacular!
Milepost 176.2 - Mabry Mill is not to be missed. Explore the mill, a blacksmith shop, wheelwright's and a whiskey still. Demonstrations take place spring through fall.
Milepost 189 - The Puckett Cabin, also 19th-century, was the home of Mrs. Orleana.
Milepost 213 - The Blue Ridge Music Center features an amphitheater, where a Summer Concert Series is featured each Saturday evening June through September.

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