Blue Ridge Mountains of Madison County NCThe Mountains, The Music, The Majestic River and More

This Blue Ridge gem in Western North Carolina — just 20 minutes from Asheville — is home to over 55,000 acres of National Forest providing a majestic backdrop to the world’s third oldest river—our mighty French Broad.  Our timeless tradition of musical history which is known worldwide will accompany you as you share the majesty of nature and the rural abundance of our small town heritage. Plan to visit us–one of the nineteen Madison Counties in the United States. We offer outdoor sports for all enthusiasts whether a rafting trip suits your fancy, a cycling adventure along our country roads or a good horseback ride. Better yet—experience our natural hot springs, one of only two east of the Mississippi. Come and you’ll see.  Life in Madison County is the way life should beeasy living with a song in the air.

Madison County on the Blue Ridge Music Trails

Blue Ridge Music Trail book coverBlue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council has reissued The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina book. The trails are designed to promote the rich traditional music heritage of western North Carolina. Marshall in Madison County (one of twenty-nine counties on the trails) is the geographic epicenter of the Trails. Two of the stops on the trails in Marshall are Zuma Coffee where there is a free bluegrass jam every Thursday evening and The Depot where traditional musicians play every Friday night. Find  other places and events in Madison County that are featured in the Trails.

100 Ways to “Play with Us”

View of the French Broad River from the town of Hot SpringsFor the tfourth year, the May “Make Madison Memories” insert of the News Record and Sentinel, includes a list of 100 ways to spend your time in Madison County. Located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina with the scenic French Broad River running through it, Madison County offers countless ways to enjoy the experience of visiting our area. Whether your interest is in the outdoors, visual or performing arts, traditional music, history, architecture, or agri-tourism, we have something that will make your visit a memorable one. Browse through the website or stop in at The Madison County Visitor Center when you come to visit our area.

A World Made Straight was Filmed Here

A World Made Straight filming Noah WyleThe novel by Ron Rash includes ties back to the Shelton Laurel Massacre during the Civil War was filmed in Madison County. The massacre is the classic brother v brother story which takes place and continues to influence families even into the twenty-first century. So, it was only natural that the independent movie should be filmed in our county. The movie will star Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle and Jeremy Irvine. Residents were treated to star sightings and welcomed the crew and cast in warm Madison County fashion. Look for the release soon.

Continuing “Interwoven” Rural Life Museum Exhibit

Allanstand weaving history

Southern Highland Craft Guild Archives

Rural Life Museum’s exhibition entitled, “Interwoven: Coverlets, Ballads, and America’s Discovery of Madison County Folklife” continues. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
“Interwoven” tells the story of the Allanstand Cottage Industries, developed by Presbyterian missionary Frances Louisa Goodrich. Allanstand formed the beginnings of what would become a great revival of handcrafts in Madison County and would eventually lead to the creation of one of America’s oldest and most renowned craft associations, the Southern Highland Craft Guild. This exhibit will run through the summer of 2014. For more information, http://www.mhu.edu/ramsey-center

Through August 1 Sirikarta Bluestone “Coincedentia Oppositorium” Art Exhibit

Art exhibit by Sidikarta Bluestone

Using sacred geometry and the mysteries of the universe, Sirikarta Kaur Bluestone has created art works with sound current along with the vibrational fields of color. Inspired by a geometric crop formation, her dreams about the particle accelerator then became the focus of her recent paintings. Based in Marshall, NC, she also offers Kundalini Yoga classes and teaches that the imagination is the most powerful tool to bring change into your life. Catch this free exhibit during the Arts Center hours from 10am to 4pm weekdays.

July 16 – August 3 Promises

Promises SART play

Promises is the story of how Joseph, a 67-year-old man, learns the truth of his own personal history as he fulfills a request made by his dying mother. Flashback episodes reveal secrets that were hidden from Joseph for most of his life. His father loved two women. One gave him life; the other raised him as her own.