Joe Wilson (Executive Director, National Council for Traditional Arts), and Gary Everhardt (Superintendent, Blue Ridge Parkway) come up the idea of a Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC). Site selected, 2,500 acres, largely donated by the city of Galax.
Appropriation by U.S. Department of Interior for planning and development of Blue Ridge Music Center concept.
Appropriation by U.S. Department of Interior for BRMC roads, planning and building construction.
Groundbreaking, BRMC Phase 1 construction (outdoor amphitheater, restrooms, luthier shop). Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway volunteers begin work on hiking trails (Fisher Peak Loop Trail & High Meadow Trail).
Completion of Blue Ridge Music Center Phase 1.
Beginning of regular programming in the outdoor amphitheater (weekly concert series, June-September).
Groundbreaking, Phase 2, Music Interpretive Center (17,000 sq. ft. including 2,300 sq. ft. exhibition space, 100 seat multi-purpose auditorium, gift shop, lobby, classroom, offices, and storage space.
Dedication of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail. BRMC is a “major venue.”
Phase 2 completed, dedication of Music Interpretive Center. Temporary exhibits installed.
Federal and state appropriations to build permanent exhibit.
NCTA secures additional funding for permanent exhibit installation from Appalachian Regional Commission, The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
National Park Service starts curriculum-based workshops for school children.
Willard Gayheart and Bobby Patterson start what would become Mid-Day Mountain Music program at BRMC in the breezeway.
Virginia Congressman Boucher dedicates the Blue Ridge Music Center trail system.
Exhibit planning, research, development, fabrication and installation.
Grand Opening of “Roots of American Music” permanent exhibit at Blue Ridge Music Center.
The Blue Parkway Foundation takes over managing the Music Programs at Blue Ridge Music Center from National Council of Traditional Arts.
Piedmont Land Conservancy acquires additional 550 acres at Fisher Peak, just south of Blue Ridge Music Center site in Northwestern Surry County, North Carolina.