"The Sweeneys are indeed a wonder!!"
The banjo has become the quintessential American musical instrument. It combines the traditions of the simple stringed gourd from African slaves with the ballads and tunes of the Scotch-Irish and English who settled Virginia. Appomattox County was the birthplace of Joel Sweeney, the man who popularized the 5-string banjo.
Group 3: 4 string slave banjar (reproduction)
Did You Know?
Confederate Thomas Tibbs, a lieutenant in the 34th Virginia Infantry, led troops across his family farm during the last battle of Appomattox Court House. He fought in the last battle on his property, located just beyond the village.