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** Important **
We are sorry to hear about the passing of our friend and board member Keith Sims. Keith was a valued member of the Carter Fold Family.

** Closed until further notice.**
The probability of any festivals in 2020 is unlikely due to government mandates and CDC recommendations.

Because the Carter Music Center can not logistically or financially meet the stringent requirements outlined for opening on the Virginia Phase 3 opening date scheduled for July 1, our opening is delayed until such time as the requirements can be safely met and monitored by our staff.  Please continue to check our site and facebook page for updates.

We regret that cancellation of shows and our festivals have been necessary, but we want to do all we can to keep everyone safe.  Under CDC guidelines, we feel remaining closed is best for the health of our visitors, volunteers, and performers.  There remains much to be learned about Coronavirus and its transmission, clinical course and populations at increased risk of disease and complications.



**  One of a kind, handcrafted guitar fundraiser. **

Tickets are on sale now to win a guitar handcrafted by Wayne Henderson and the Virginia Luthiers. This group has built guitars for Eric Clapton, Mumford & Sons and Dolly Parton to name a few. It’s one of a kind – made from cherry wood taken from a tree behind the Carter Family Museum. With the Fold’s logo on the guitar head, there will never be another guitar quite like this one. Tickets can be purchased online

https://squareup.com/store/carter-family-memorial-music-center-inc/

and at our weekly shows for $10 each or buy 5/ get the 6th free. We thank the Virginia Luthiers Wayne Henderson, Jimmy Edmunds, Spencer Strickland and Gerald Anderson for making this unique instrument a reality and for helping keep mountain music alive by coordinating efforts like this. Sadly Gerald Anderson passed away shortly after the debut of this wonderful guitar at our 2019 Appalachia Rising event. At the 2020 Appalachia Rising (date TBD), some lucky ticket holder will become the owner of this beautiful instrument. You do not have to be present to win.

Due to festival closures for 2020, the guitar will now be given away at our 2021 Appalachia Rising Festival.




Thank you for visiting the official Website of the Carter Family Memorial Music Center! This is your source for information related to the legendary Carter Family, the Carter Fold performance center, and all our activities dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional mountain and folk music.


The Carter Family Memorial Music Center, a non-profit organization, serves fans and supporters of old-time country and folk music through the presentation of weekly performances at the Carter Family Fold, in Hiltons, Virginia. It also honors the memory of the first family of country music, the legendary Carter Family (A.P. Carter, Sara Carter, and Maybelle Carter), whose first recordings (in 1927) are credited with giving birth to the commercial country music industry. The Carter Family Memorial Music Center was founded by Janette Carter, daughter of A.P. and Sara, who with Sara's cousin Maybelle, comprised the original Carter Family. The Carter Family Memorial Music Center is directed by Rita Forrester, daughter of Janette Carter.

This is the official Website of The Carter Family as well as that of The Carter Fold and The Carter Family Memorial Music Center. Please visit us often as we add information and photographs that help tell the story of this remarkable family.
The Carter Family Memorial Music Center is a non-profit organization.
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