The original "New River Train" song was claimed by the Ward family of Galax as part of their repertoire as early as 1895. The song was believed to refer to the train that ran on the New River Line in 1883 as part of the Norfolk and Western system serving the town of Fries until 1985. It was first recorded in December 1923 by Henry Whitter. It has since been recorded by a number of artists, including local residents Kelly Harrell in 1925 and E. V. "Pop" Stoneman in 1928.
Geographic Location: Grayson County
Physical Description of Location: Fries, VA 24330. Located on Scenic Road (Rt. 94), less than 1/5 of a mile east of the junction of Scenic Road (Rt. 94) and Ivanhoe Road. Marker is on the right when traveling east on Scenic Road (Rt. 94).
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