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CULTURAL HISTORY


Cultural demonstrations are an opportunity for people to share their regional history and heritage crafts in traditional settings.

Demonstrations such as apple butter making, Dulcimer workshop, blacksmithing, fishing, spinning, basket making and country store recreations are found during the many enjoyable festivals and event days along the Blue Ridge Parkway. These include events all attract visitors to the fun, sights, and homemade smells for some down home educat’in on our cultural past.

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Visitors can find information on upcoming festivals, music and other events in local newspapers, on the National Park Service’s Schedule of Events for the Blue Ridge Parkway, at information desks at the many visitor centers along the Parkway and on the FRIENDS calendar.
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Annual Festivals
  • Nature Fest

This event generally occurs in August in the Peaks of Otter, milepost 86. This festival focuses on nature-centered activities lead by Park Rangers and volunteers as well as professional naturalists. Adults and older children will enjoy presentations and demonstrations on varied local natural history topics. Special activities for younger visitors abound. Admission is free. The visitor center will have a schedule of activities and presentations, stop by or call them at 540-586-4496.

  • Farm Fest

This event generally occurs in September at Humpback Rocks Visitor Center and Pioneer Farm, milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Afton, VA 22920. Admission is free. Please call the visitor center for information 540-943-4716.

  • Harvest Fest

Also in September, Harvest Fest kicks off at Johnson Farm in the Peaks of Otter celebrating autumn’s bounty with traditional Appalachian culture activities and fun. Volunteers and park rangers alike dress in period costume, offering tours of the farm and outbuildings. Admission is free. For information, call the visitor center at 540-586-4496.

  • Old Timers Day

In October, look for Old Timers’ Day at Humpback Rocks Farm milepost 5.8. Local folks born and raised with family connections to the mountains are welcomed to share stories. The farm is a homestead demonstration portraying mountain life around the 1890s. Admission is free. For information, call the visitor center at 540-943-4716.

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