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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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    There will be no Gap Cave or Hensley Settlement tours offered on September 27, 2014 due to special Heritage Walk program. For more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.

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Dulcimer Gathering at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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Date: May 2, 2009
Contact: Carol Borneman, (606) 248-2817

Visit Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th and the mountains will indeed be filled with the sound of music as dulcimer aficionados from near and far gather together sharing tunes and jamming.  Park volunteers Terry and Pam Lewis of Ewing, Virginia, who were instrumental in choreographing this third annual gathering and avid dulcimer players themselves, invite all to visit.  “The gathering will again be held at the national park’s Wilderness Road Campground, a perfect setting with its stately pines and natural setting.  Each day, mini-workshops will begin at 10:00 a.m. and each evening, a concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the campground amphitheater.”


Park Ranger Sharon Griffin further explains that visitors will be introduced to a variety of dulcimers including the mountain, bass, baritone, bowed and hammered dulcimer.  “I think visitors will be astounded at the variety of dulcimers which will be played during the gathering.  The dulcimer truly represents Appalachia; each type of dulcimer stirs something deep within and carries you back to a bygone time.”  Musicians will also showcase the washtub bass and clawhammer banjo.


All workshops and concerts are free of charge.  The Wilderness Road Campground is located off of Hwy 58 in Virginia, two miles east of its intersection with Hwy 25E near Harrogate, Tennessee. 


For information on the dulcimer gathering or any other ranger-guided programs, please call (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.  Information can also be accessed at www.nps.gov/cuga.

Did You Know?

Pioneers cross Cumberland Gap

Between 1775 and 1810 some 300,000 settlers crossed Cumberland Gap and began settling the land west of the Appalachians. These brave pioneers were following dreams of prosperity in the wilderness of Kentucky.