The White Top Folk Festival was held annually from 1931 to 1939 (except 1937) on Whitetop Mountain--the second highest peak in Virginia. Annabel Morris Buchanan, John Powell, and John A. Blakemore organized the event that featured banjo players, fiddlers, string bands, and ballad singers, as well as storytelling, clog dancing, morris and sword dancing, and theatrical presentations. Thousands of people attended the festival each year, including nationally known academic folklorists, art critics, composers, and in 1933 First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The festival was cancelled in 1940 because of heavy rains and floods and never resumed
Geographic Location: Grayson County
Physical Description of Location: Wilson Creek, VA 24292. Located on State Route 600, 2 miles north of the junction of State Route 600 and Jeb Stuart Hwy (Hwy 58). Marker is on the left when traveling north on State Route 600.
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