It’s never too early to think about warmer weather and planning for summer vacation travels – why not plan a trip to one of Virginia’s music history sites? Virginia is full of folk music traditions that are being preserved throughout the state. We may not have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but there are plenty of neat places to listen to and learn about music from Virginia’s history. Here’s a sampling of the cool music places that Virginia has to offer!
Visit Country Music star Patsy Cline’s home in Winchester, VA: https://celebratingpatsycline.org/
See historic instruments at the Virginia Musical Museum in Williamsburg, VA: https://www.virginiamusicalmuseum.com/, or visit historic Williamsburg for a selection of historic music performances.
Up for a serious Virginia Music-themed road trip? Check out The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail – a 9 stop Folk Music tour through southern VA! https://www.myswva.org/tcr. Check out cool places like: The Birthplace of Country Music, the Blueridge Institute and Museum, The Blueridge Music Center, The Carter Family Fold, Country Cabin II, Floyd Country Store, Heartwood, Old FIddlers Convention and Rex Theater, and The Ralph Stanley Museum as you wind your way through the Virginia countryside.
Looking for an excuse to go to the beach a little early this year? Check out Newport News’ annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival!
Even though it’s not in VA, it’s worth a trip into Washington DC to visit some of the amazing music sites available in the Nation’s Capitol! Why not check out the Smithsonian’s Musical Instruments Gallery, see a show at The Kennedy Center or Ford’s Theatre? There are even tour groups dedicated to sharing Washington DC’s music history!
The forecast may be calling for winter weather, but let’s start looking forward to the warmer seasons and plan some music-focused outings for summer vacation!