Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Narrow road to Hiltons, VA

The Carter Family Fold

Interior of the Fold

Interior of the fold

The log cabin A.P. Carter was raised in

Former Bank of Bramwell

Interior Former Bank of Bramwell

Interior Former Bank of Bramwell

Interior Former Bank of Bramwell

Lou, our personal guide

Before moving toward the northeast today, we visited the Murphy Gas Mart in Johnson City, TN and filled up with diesel. It was an all time low of $3.669/gal!! The goal for today was to (1) visit The Carter Family Fold ( Hiltons, VA and (2) travel the Coal Heritage Trail in West Virginia. The road to Hiltons, VA was very narrow with no shoulders but well worth the drive once we arrived. We had been told about The Carter Family Fold by Patt (a Bluegrass enthusiast we met in Cedar Key). Although everything was closed, we wandered the grounds and took pictures. As we were about to leave, a couple arrived with groceries and entered the building. We asked if we could see the interior and they invited us in. What a wonderful venue! Every Saturday night Bluegrass music has been performed on the property since 1974. We would have loved to stayed around for the Bluegrass concert but we had "miles to go before we slept". On to the Coal Heritage Trail in West Virginia. According to the a guidebook, the Trail is 97.5 miles with 16 potential stops and should involve a minimum of 2 hours. Well, we only accomplished stop #2, Bramwell, WV. Very quaint little town. Robert & I were doing a walking tour of historically significant buildings. There was a gentleman doing yard work at the former Bank of Bramwell and asked if we would like to see the inside. He had a key and opened the door for us. What a beautiful building. It had been most recently used as a private residence. A wonderful lady came in while we were inside and offered us a personal tour plus took us across the street and showed us the first location of the Bank of Bramwell. Lou was born and raised in Bramwell and was filled with great stories. She even invited us to spend the night in our camper behind the bank! We politely declined the invitation, then she suggested we look for a campground back in Wytheville, VA. The route back into Virginia took us through 2 mountain tunnels and to a KOA campground with a site waiting just for us (remember, this is a holiday weekend!) Tomorrow we have to boogie to get to Lancaster, PA!

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