Wythe County artisans and community organizations were honored last week at Southwest Virginia’s Heartwood, as the organization celebrated Wythe-Bland Day.
Featured in the event were a wide variety of entertainers and artisans, including author Connie Wohlford, Thomas Stowe Woodcarving and John O’Quinn, owner of the Rural Retreat home-based business, Real Wood Designs.
Representing Wythe-Bland County musicians were Alan Ashworth, Thom Moore and Wytheville guitar instructor Ron Ireland, owner of Ron Ireland Studio.
Also showcased at the event were the Appalachian Hoedowners Clogging Team, Wood in Motion, Big Walker Lookout, Wythe Raceway, Marcia Archer, Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum, and the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum.
Farron Smith, co-founder of the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation and Museum, said the event allowed county organizations the opportunity to reach out beyond their typical abilities.
“Wythe-Bland Day allowed vendors to network with each other, and the entertainment for the event was very enjoyable. This historic site is a treasure to our area and we appreciate Wythe County and Heartwood’s efforts to promote and publicize the only birthplace museum of a First Lady in Virginia,” said Smith.
County tourism officials said visitors to the Heartwood included travelers from as far away as Oregon.
“It was an honor to showcase our two counties and we appreciate Heartwood, ‘Round the Mountain and Appalachian Spring for the opportunity. We look forward to working with them in the future to showcase our two counties,” said Wythe County Tourism Director Gary Cody.