Carter-Barter Music Tour

The Birthplace of Country Music

3 Days

Starting At $349.00
The mountains of Southwest Virginia is often called the "Birthplace" in honor of the original Carter Family who were among the earliest recording artists in Country Music. This tour features the rich musical heritage of the entire region. You'll learn of the Barter Theater's Depression Era shows, see the Carter Family Fold on a Saturday Night, and enjoy a wonderful Gospel Brunch at Heartwood. Come hear the music at the southern end of the Crooked Road.

Carter-Barter Music Tour

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  • Three Live Shows
    •   Show at the Barter Theatre
    •   Carter Family Fold Show
    •   Heartwood Gospel Brunch & Live Music
  • Guided Tour of Abingdon, VA
  • Visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Afternoon in Bristol, VA
  • Two Nights First Class Lodging
  • Two Breakfasts
  • Two Dinners
  • All Taxes & Tips on these services
  • Luggage Handling
  • One Free with Every 16 Paid

Per Person Prices:

$349 Double

$319 Triple, $289 Quad, $499 Single

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Day 1 – Arrive in Abingdon, VA and check into your hotel, in either Abingdon or Bristol, for a two night stay.

Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant.  Then enjoy a show at the Barter Theatre, one of the longest-running professional theatres in the nation.

Day 2 – This morning, take a guided history tour of Abingdon. Abingdon is a Virginia Historic Landmark and its 20-square block Historic District includes the Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum, which shows how a typical family lived in the pre-Civil War period; Cave House Craft Shop in a Victorian landmark; Arts Depot, an 1870 restored railroad station; and the Martha Washington Inn, a Four-Star, Historic Hotel of America, which was built in 1832.

Then visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, opening in August of 2014, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, will tell the story of our musical heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world.  The 24,000 square foot facility, houses 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, a rotating exhibit gallery, music mixing and listening stations, multiple theater experiences, and interactive, technology-infused media. The museum also hosts live, year-round performances and educational programming.

You will have some free time this afternoon to explore Bristol on your own or do a little shopping in Historic Downtown.  Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant.

This evening you will head over the Cumberlands on the Daniel Boone Trail to Hiltons, VA. Here you visit the Carter Music Center dedicated to 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.  You will have time to visit the A.P. Carter Cabin, and the Music Center whose objective is to promote old-time music and pay tribute to the Original Carter Family.

The day’s highlight is the Carter Family Fold music show. In keeping with the traditional music style, no electrical instruments are allowed (everything is acoustic) and there’s lots of dancing and fun. This is not your typical Country Music show.

Day 3 – This morning enjoy a Gospel Brunch at the Heartwood Crafter Center in Abingdon, VA. Heartwood is your gateway to Southwest Virginia craft, music, food and local culture. Buffet items featuring food grown and harvested on farms within Southwest Virginia followed by live Gospel music.

After breakfast, depart for home.