Sep 29, 2015

Galax VA Antique Shops

March, 2010 GALAX, Va. – Progress comes slowly to the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. It was not until after World War II that highways, electricity and telephone service became available to many of the rural areas between the mountain metropolises of Roanoke and Bristol, Va. The cultural stewpot of Scots-Irish and German immigrants simmered there for over two hundred years, cooking up a culture of independence and self-sufficiency. The area became known for its moonshine liquor, coal mines, lumber mills, and mountain music.

In 2010, the local mines are tapped out; the lumber mills and most of the furniture factories have closed. However, the mountain music, now known as Bluegrass, is thriving and keeps the local economy alive. Bluegrass music has become so popular that the Virginia Tourism Board has organized the Virginia Heritage Music Trail (“The Crooked Road”), a winding corridor of southwestern Virginia highways and back roads that takes visitors on a self-guided mountain cultural tour.

Midway along the Crooked Road lies the city of Galax, Virginia, with a year-round population of 6,700. Located near mile marker 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and a short drive from Interstates I-81 and I-77, Bluegrass music brings several hundred thousand visitors to Galax annually. The Old Fiddler’s Convention alone (the second week of August) brings over 60,000 visitors in one week. The visitors come to participate in the local music festival, hike the mountain trails, eat southern style barbecue, and shop in the local antique stores.

Galax boasts five antique stores in a two-block area in the center of town, plus LaRavierre’s auction gallery at the edge of town. A sixth downtown store,>>>Read More