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OPEN 10:00 - 4:00
Monday - Friday
CLOSED - Saturdays, Sundays and all major holidays

Closed during some inclement weather events. Please call first to check opening/closing.


Children 5 and under admitted free

Museum Address/Phone

Wilkes Heritage Museum
100 East Main Street
P.O. Box 935
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Phone Numbers
336 667-3171

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Jennifer Furr - Director
Diana Perry - Volunteer Coordinator

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About Us

Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1968. The Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. is responsible for operating and maintaining the Old Wilkes Jail (c. 1859), Robert Cleveland Log Home (c. 1779), and the Wilkes Heritage Museum (former Wilkes County Courthouse, c. 1902).

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2017 Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame!

Tenth Annual Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony
June 10, 2017 at the Stone Center for Performing Arts.

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The Wilkes Heritage Museum is pleased to host the Tenth Annual Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, June 10th.  The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame exists to showcase and preserve the rich musical heritage of the greater Blue Ridge Mountains area from northern Georgia to northern Virginia.  The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame educates, defines and interprets the history of music in the region with exhibits, an annual celebration of inductees, recordings of performances, and an interactive database.

The 2017 inductees include:  Mac Wiseman, Nationally Known Artist; The Skillet Lickers, Pioneer Artists; Laura Boosinger, Sidewoman and Regional Musician; Don Gibson, Songwriter; and Phil Jamison, Traditional Dance.  The 2017 Dr. T. R. Bryan Wilkes County Heritage Music Award recipient is Larry Skipper.  The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Stone Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

The talented Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame house band, Virginialina, made up of David Johnson, Eric Ellis, Scott Gentry, and Scott Freeman, is scheduled to perform throughout the evening along with Laura Boosinger with the Kruger Brothers, Phil Jamison with Paul Brown, Larry Skipper with Uncle Joe and the Shady Rest and the Skillet Lickers

Paul Brown will be the Master of Ceremonies.  Paul Brown is an award-winning musician, music documenter and journalist currently producing and hosting the syndicated public radio program Across the Blue Ridge. The old time and bluegrass music program produced with WFDD Public Radio in Winston-Salem is in worldwide online distribution, and on the air at stations in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and Florida. In 2013, Paul closed out a career as a hard news journalist and world newscaster at NPR in Washington, DC, and returned to full time living in North Carolina’s piedmont, where he’s made his home since 1980.  He started his radio career at WPAQ in Mount Airy, NC in the 1980s.  He has won the banjo contest at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in West Virginia several times, has won the senior fiddle prize there, and was named a master artist by the festival in 2013. He studied banjo intensively with National Heritage Fellow Tommy Jarrell of Surry County, NC, and learned fiddle from Jarrell and several other mentors including Luther Davis of Galax, VA and Benton Flippen of Mount Airy, NC. Paul’s involvement with traditional music goes back to his earliest days, when he started learning the piedmont Virginia songs his mother carried with her from her own childhood.

Tickets for the ceremony are on sale at the Wilkes Heritage Museum gift shop or website.  Tickets are $35 per person and include the dinner and ceremony.  The doors to the Stone Center for Performing Arts open at 6:00pm, dinner is at 6:30pm and the ceremony begins at 7:15pm.  Seating is limited so purchase your tickets early!    

Sponsors for this event include the Town of Wilkesboro, Eric and Marilyn Payne, Clyde and Geri Cook, A-1 Self Storage, Heart of Folk/Carolina in the Fall Festival, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, Payne Power Equipment, Law Offices of Timothy D. Welborn, Cook’s, Signfactory Direct, Jim and Rose Andrews, Kirk Gunton, Tom and Ann Graves, Wilkes Heritage Museum Gift Shop, Isaac G. Forester, CPA, Alexandria Anderson, Communities in Schools and the Holiday Inn Express.

The Wilkes Heritage Museum collects and preserves historic structures, artifacts, and documents of Wilkes County and serves as a resource center for every Wilkes County citizen and visitor.  Through exhibits, educational programs, performances, and research, the Wilkes Heritage Museum interprets the history of Wilkes County and western North Carolina.

For more information about The Wilkes Heritage Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, please call 336-667-3171.