The Virginia Dulcimer: 200 Years of Bowing, Strumming, & Picking

January 18, 2013 - August 11, 2013

Price-Strongwell Cultural Heritage Galleries

Exhibit Details

The dulcimer is one of the most popular symbols of mountain music. This exhibition explores the dulcimer’s long journey from northern Europe, to the mountains of Appalachia, and eventually into the hands of folk musicians across the nation. The Old World dulcimer underwent a dramatic change in Virginia. In The Virginia Dulcimer, the story unfolds with over 50 examples of the instrument dating from the 1700s to the present—including an 1832 Floyd County dulcimer, the oldest known signed-and-dated example in the nation.

Loaned to WKMA from the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum