"Serving the County of Wise, the City of Norton, and the Towns of Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pound, St. Paul, and Wise."


The Harry W. Meador, Jr. Coal Museum in Big Stone Gap provides "a little peek into the past, a big look at our coal mining heritage." The museum is open year round except for the major holidays. Hours are Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Admission is free!  For more information, call the museum at 276-523-9209 or Big Stone Gap Department of Parks & Recreation at 276-523-0115, ext. 122.  (Rev. 8/07)

Southwest Virginia Museum The Southwest Virginia Museum and gift shop are open to the public Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the museum is also open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (The museum is closed during January and February for yearly maintenance.  The museum is also closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.) Museum admission rates are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 6 to 12, and children under 6 are admitted free.  For groups of 10 or more, admission is $1.50 per person.  Annual passes are also available at a cost of $15 per family (covers up to four people living in the home), $5 per adult, and $3 per child (6 - 12).  For more information, please call 276-523-1322.  (Rev. 8/07)

The "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" Outdoor Drama, the Official State Outdoor Drama of Virginia, will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, July 1 through August 28, at the June Tolliver Playhouse in Big Stone Gap. Box office opens at 7:00 p.m.  Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. and curtain time is 8:00 p.m.  Opening in 1964, "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" is the longest-running outdoor drama in Virginia. Based on the best-selling novel by John Fox, Jr., the drama is interwoven with beautiful, haunting folk music, some of it original, and is performed before a magnificent 72 ft. panoramic painting of Powell Valley. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 55+, and $8 for children ages 4-12. Please call the Lonesome Pine Arts & Crafts Association at 276-523-1235 or 1-800-362-0149 for more information.  (Rev. 8/07)

Outdoor Drama

The Library Gallery in the Wise County Public Library in Wise features monthly displays by local artists and craftspeople.

Country Cabin II

Country Cabin II features local and regional musicians every Saturday night from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.  It is located on US 23/58A, 1 1/2 miles southwest of Norton, Virginia.  The cabin offers a family-oriented program, complete with cakewalks, clogging, flatfootin', two-steppin', broom dances, crafts, clogging lessons, jam sessions, and pickin' instructions.  Refreshments are available.  Occasional seasonal events and special holiday programs, fundraisers, weddings, etc. are also held at Country Cabin II.  Parking and access for handicapped patrons is provided.  The Country Cabin is a non-smoking facility, and all events hosted by Appalachian Traditions are non-alcoholic.  Bus tours are welcome.  For more information, please call Bill or Nancy Jones at 276-679-2632.  (Rev. 8/07)

Lays Hardware, located at 409 East Front Street in beautiful downtown Coeburn, Virginia, is an Artisan Center showcasing the greatest in mountain music along The Crooked Road every Friday night, with a few exceptions during the hoidays!  It is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that exists to promote, preserve and maintain the cultural heritage of the region through music, crafts, food ways and storytelling, and educate the citizens of the region, in particular the school-age population, about their cultural heritage.  Lays Hardware features live national musical acts and jam sessions, as well as a wide variety of artisan classes and services, such as: arts, music, and crafts in a family-friendly atmosphere. Bring the family and come on down and them at Lays Hardware! (Rev. 03/11)

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