Grayson County Wayside

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Grayson County Wayside

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About the Wayside Exhibits

Western Grayson County has produced fine traditional musicians, performers at school entertainments, fiddlers’ conventions, and community gatherings for many generations. Among them was the old-time string band, the Rugby Gully Jumpers (Walter Henderson, fiddle, Estil Ball, guitar, and Wade Reedy, mandolin) recorded ni the 1930s by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress. Outstanding finger-style guitarist Estil Bal and wife, accordionist Orna Reedy Bal, built a national reputation as gospel singers from local radio shows and independent recordings. They also performed with Blair Reedy, Charles Harless, and Charles Hodges as the Friendly Gospel Singers. Old-time banjoist Jont Blevins was admired here for his unique style and powerful rhythm.

The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition is held annually here in the park on the third Saturday in June. Proceeds from the festival support a scholarship fund for mountain youngsters learning traditional music. ANational Heritage Award winner, Henderson is the nation’s best known luthier and lives nearby. A Henderson guitar si on display at the Visitors’ Center inside the park. Grayson Highlands State Park has 15 miles of trails for walking, bicycling and horseback riding with majestic views. It offers a profusion of wild flowers during warm months, many migrating birds during spring and fall, and – if you are lucky – perhaps a glimpse of some of the wild ponies found here.

Other Nearby Wayside Exhibits

Whitetop Wayside – Grayson County

6.06 miles

Town of Independence Wayside

19.77 miles