The Crooked Road is now seeking designation as a National Heritage Area (NHA), defined as a place “where natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape.” There are currently 49 such areas in the United States. The generations of musicians of this region and the communities that are home to this music have a unique history and have played a major role in the development of American music. This is the basis of the effort to seek NHA designation.
National Heritage Areas are a community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development. NHAs are not national park units; the designation does not require any additional expenditure of public funds. Management of the NHA is strictly the responsibility of local communities and non-profit organizations.
As part of the process of seeking NHA status, The Crooked Road is holding a number of public meetings throughout the region to seek input and comments. A meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 15 at the Town Municipal Building at 345 Donald Avenue in Rocky Mount. The meeting is presented by The Crooked Road and the Town of Rocky Mount.
The public is invited to attend and participate. Written comments may be sent by email to: email@example.com or by mail to: The Crooked Road, One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210.
For more information, please contact Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of The Crooked Road, at 276-492-2402. A full schedule of the remaining public meetings is presented below.
|Clintwood||Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce||Chamber of Commerce Building, 194 Main St.||14-Aug-12||9:30 AM|
|Tazewell||Tazewell County||Tazewell County Board of Supervisors Room, 108 East Main Street||14-Aug-12||1:00 PM|
|Rocky Mount||Town of Rocky Mount||Municipal Building, 345 Donald Avenue||15-Aug-12||10:00 AM|
|Christiansburg||Town of Christiansburg||Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 East Main Street||15-Aug-12||2:00 PM|
|Marion||Town of Marion||Lincoln Theatre, 117 East Main Street||16-Aug-12||10:00 AM|
|Wytheville||Town of Wytheville||Heritage Preservation Center, 115 West Spiller Street||16-Aug-12||2:00 PM|
|Abingdon||Town of Abingdon||Washington County Public Library, 205 Oak Hill Street||17-Aug-12||10:00 AM|
See our previous article, Crooked Road National Heritage Area Proposal Explained for additional information.