Group helps tourists find area’s culture

PARSONS – The Tucker County Commission learned Wednesday about a program helping visitors and residents find authentic experiences and connections with the culture, traditions and history of the communities they visit.

Ned Savage, who works with Mountain Music Trail, shared information about his group during the County Commission’s Wednesday meeting.

Savage, who serves as an AmeriCorps Vista with the group, said the Mountain Music Trail runs along U.S. Route 219 through Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Tucker and Randolph counties.

“I just wanted to familiarize you with our project and let you know what we are up to,” Savage said. “We are a diverse group dedicated to promoting the traditional music, dance and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain Region. We promote cultural tourism and sustainable economic development near the highway/corridor.”

Savage said his group hopes to continue to share a cultural experience that brings together visitors and residents alike to enjoy and participate in traditional mountain folkways.

“We figured we have a great tradition of old-time bluegrass music, so we are promoting that,” Savage said. “This includes ethnic, bluegrass, traditional, country and old-time music. We hope to help tourists connect with the traditions they are seeking.”

Additional information about Mountain Music Trail is available by calling 304-799-4636, or on Facebook at Mountain Music Trail, or online at