A national honor and playing with the master

Two of Mike Mitchell’s music students got the chance to play on stage with the legendary Wayne Henderson Wednesday as the Floyd County Store and Virginia’s Crooked Road took to the national stage for special recognition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Hannah and Laurel Brooke joined Henderson on stage at the Country Store at the end of a ceremony where the Trust recognized The Crooked Road as one of 2010’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.”

“The Cooked Road pays homage to a rich Appalachian heritage,” said Robert Nieweg, director of the Southern Field Office for the National Trust for Historic Preservationsaid in presenting a plaque recognizing the honor to Jim Baldwin, President of the Crooked Road Board of Directors.

“The trail weaves together unique historic districts that share a past steeped in a rare and uniquely American music culture,” Newig added.

Each year, the National Trust selected communities around the country that offer “cultural and recreational experiences different from those found at the typical vacation destination.”

“The Crooked Road certainly fits that description,” Newig said. “That’s why it was an easy selection.”

Baldwin said Virginia’s musical heritage is a valuable asset to the Commonwealth’s growing tourism industry.

About 35 people area and state officials attended the ceremony Wednesday.

The Floyd Country Store and its Friday Night Jamboree is one of eight key venues on the Crooked Road, a 300-mile route that winds through 19 towns in Southwestern Virginia.

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