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Art and Craft Supplies


Arts Instruction

Arts Organizations

Display and Selling Venues

General Resources

Historical Music Recordings

Historical Photos

Oral Histories

Public Art

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Special Events

Special Projects


Floyd County StatisticsKentucky PostSecondary Education Profile (CPE) .PDF file

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Callihan, G. D., House Photos
105 W. Graham St.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Bungalow/Craftsman

Combs, B. F., House Photos
41 N. Arnold Ave.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Colonial Revival

Fitzpatrick--Harmon HousePhotos
102 E. Court St.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Late Victorian

Front Street Historic District Photos
Roughly Front St. between W. Court St. and Ford St.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Commercial

Harkins Law Office BuildingPhotos
1 S. Arnold Ave.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Classical Revival

Harkins, Joseph D., House Photos
204 N. Arnold Ave.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Mission/Spanish Revival

May, Samuel, House

1035 North Lake Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Architecture: Federal

May--Fitzpatrick House Photos
39 S. Arnold Ave.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Queen Anne

May--Latta House Photos
33 N. Arnold Ave.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Bungalow/Craftsman

Methodist Episcopal Church, South Photos
S. Arnold Ave. between Ford St. and W. Graham St.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Late Gothic Revival

Middle Creek Battlefield Photos
3 mi. W of Prestonsburg at jct. of KY 114 and KY 404
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: NA

Mountain Homeplace Paintsville, KY 41240

Town Branch Bridge Photos
Co. Rd. 1334 over Levisa Fork
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: NA

US Post Office--Prestonsburg Photos
Central Ave. and E. Court St.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Classical Revival

West Prestonsburg Bridge Photos
Over Levisa Fork between Prestonsburg and West Prestonsburg
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: NA

Wheelwright Commercial District Photos
Main St.
Prestonsburg, KY
Architecture: Colonial Revival

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The Big Sandy Singers (2011-2012)
The Big Sandy Singers, the auditioned, elite student singing group from Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), is based in eastern Kentucky. 
Auditions for the Singers are held each May and the best and brightest are chosen. The top ten students become members of the group and receive $1,200 scholarships to attend college, an album of their very own from Big Sandy Productions Digital Recording Studio on campus, and they receive free marketing and promotion as a solo artist and a member of the group.
The group released its first album, “Down to the River to Pray,” in March of 2005 and have since released six additional albums with all proceeds benefiting the college music and drama department and music scholarships. In total, the Big Sandy Singers have sold over 6,000 albums locally.
Director, Laura Ford Hall
Asst. Director, Clayton Case
Tech. Director and producer, Timothy Cooley
Andrew Hiner, Kandyce Hannah, Rachael Hayes, Emily Mills, Sarah Adams, Ashley Taylor, Ryan Shepherd, Charles Mims, Brad Lafferty, Dustin Newsome, and Johnny B. Bryant, and Brandon Lafferty
School Shows

Larry Blackburn 195 Sycamore Hollow
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Metal, leather, and wood crafts; hand crafted knives from deer horn and wood
Emily Bryant, banjoMartin, KYMeghan Bryant, fiddleMartin, KY

The Carriere Family
Ken Carriere
P.O. Box 1597
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
1-888-790-2365 or 606-886-9391

Rufus Crisp (1880-1956), banjo
Allen, KY
The Old-Time Herald
Crisp was born in Floyd County, Kentucky.  Although he grew up surrounded by music, like many mountain youth, he began to play the banjo in earnest as a teenager for square dances.  After marriage, Rufus gave up the banjo for a time, until folklorists started asking to hear his music.  He had a wealth of material, and once recorded over 100 songs for collectors Margaret Mayo and Stuart Jamieson.  Rufus performed a variety of ballads, religious songs, and more playful or humorous songs, which seemed to be his favorite.  It is interesting to note that he mainly played religious songs after the death of his wife, Lulu.  He didn’t have much formal education, and never traveled far from home, but his clean and distinctive banjo style with its unusual right-hand technique and his vast well of songs make him standout among early Kentucky artists recorded for Smithsonian Folkways.  The song “Fall, Fall Build Me a Boat” was often sung to accompany a kind of square-dance called a “play party game.”

Charles E. Flannery Sr. (1921-2002), fiddleMartin, KY
Charles Flannery Musical Memorial Scholarship Fund
Charlie was a National Champion Fiddle player, an Honorary Kentucky Colonel, and a song writer.

Charlie Gearheart aka Ritchie Hart
Goose Creek Symphony
Acoustic guitar, percussion, vocals

Nathan Hall, guitar
Allen, KY

Rachael Hayes, fiddle
Eastern, KY
Big Sandy Singers member

John Haywood, banjo
Presently Louisville, KY
Grew up in Floyd Couty.  He became interested in the banjo from listening to the recordings of Roscoe Holcomb and “Banjer” Bill Cornett and later learned from Georg e Gibson and Lee Sexton.  John plays both overhand and two-finger style and has won competitions at the Tazewell Fiddlers Convention and Morehead Fiddlers Convention.  He performs solo and with two bands, the Travelin’ Snakes and Roch and the Po’ Folk.  John is also a visual artist whose work frequently uses images of mountain musicians.
Front Porch
Travelin’ Snakes
Rich and the Po’ Folk

Cecily Howell Painting, drawings
Deviantart Page
Helen Lawson
P.O. Box 353
Betsy Layne, KY 41605
clay and wood crafts
Randy Lawson 3175 South Lake Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Beverly May
Maytown, KY
Deep Down

Josh Martin
Fast Lane, lead vocals and lead guitar
Myspace and  Facebook

Russell May (1921-1990)
Prints available at Prestonsburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Country at Heart, and David Crafts
information at 606-886-1341
toll free: 1-800-844-4704
Kenny Mitchell
Mitchell’s Outdoor Photography
P.O. Box 272
McDowell, KY 41647
Lewis Newman
P.O. Box 431
McDowell, KY 41647
Charcoal, pastel and acrylic, gourds
Randy Newsome 5 Miles from Nowhere, mandolin and vocals
Harold, KY

Luke Byron “Buddy” Ratcliff, fiddle
The Rhythm of My Soul: Kentucky Roots Music (2006)

Melanie Turner, Coaltown Dixie, Banjo

The Tommy Webb Band
Langley, KY
Tommy Webb vocals, guitar, banjo - Langley, Floyd County
Chris Goble banjo, vocals - Inez, Martin County
Jared Doss mandolin, vocals, guitar
Josh Huff upright bass, vocals - Carr Creek, Knott County
Dave Webb manager - Langley, Floyd, KY
Phone: (606) 285-3470
Sister Judy Yunker Three Point Studio
150 Mount Tabor Road
Martin, KY 41649
Wood carving

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Floyd County Schools

Allen Elementary
Band and Choir offered

Betsy Layne Elementary

Duff Elementary
Cecilia Prater, Music Instructor

May Valley Elementary

McDowell Elementary

Osborne Elementary

Prestonsburg Elementary
Kathi Caudill, Music Instructor

John M. Stumbo Elementary
Walter Ord, Music, Band, and Choir Instructor

Adams Middle

Allen Central Middle
Cecelia Prater, Band and Music Instructor

South Floyd Middle
Sarah Joseph, Band and Music Instructor

Allen Central High
Ricky Wells, Band and Music Instructor

Betsy Layne High
Mike Cooley, Band and Music Instructor

Prestonsburg High

South Floyd High
Sarah Joseph, Band and Music Instructor

Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Music and Drama Club, Sponsors, Laura Hall (phone) and Clayton Case
BSCTC Music and Drama
The Big Sandy Singers
InHarmony Women’s Chorus
Big Sandy Idol
The Little Sandy Singers

142 S Cardinal Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-3568

Morehead State University- Prestonsburg, KY
Director, Lula Bowling-Ford
Phone: toll free, (800) 648-5372 or locally, (606) 886-2405

Mountain Arts Center:
Individual Instruction
All County Chorus
MAC School Shows
Prestonsburg High School Honors Choir
Janean Freeman Private Studio Recital
Barbara Kelley Private Studio Recital
Clyde Porter Private Studio Recital

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David Appalachian Crafts
Route 404
David, KY 41616

Display and Selling Venues back to top

Alys Fraley Photography and Art Gallery256 West Court Street
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Country at Heart & Old Town Fudge Co.128 South Front Avenue
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
David Appalachian Crafts
Route 404
David, KY 41616
East Kentucky Fair
Thunder Ridge Racing and
Entertainment Complex
Rt. 3, Prestonsburg, KY
Contact:  Terry Trimble
606-886-2374, 800-737-2723
Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival Second weekend in October
75 Theatre Court
Prestonsburg, Ky  41653
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
May Lodge Gift Shop features many
local artisans
75 Theatre Court
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
606-886-2711 or 800-325-0142
Kentucky Highlands Folk FestivalMountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg
third Saturday in September
Contact:  888-622-2787; 606-886-2623
Mountain Arts Center Gallery 50 Hal Rogers Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Prestonsburg Community College
Art Gallery
Prestonsburg Community College
One Bert Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Prestonsburg Convention and Visitors Bureau 113 South Central Avenue
Prestonsburg, KY  41653
606-886-1341; toll free:  800-844-4704
Art Gallery and Shop

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Floyd County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1508
113 South Central Avenue
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-0364

The Floyd County Times
P.O. Box 390
263 South Central Avenue
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-8506

Prestonsburg Tourism
113 S. Central Avenue
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
800-844-4704 or 606-297-1850

Historical Music Recordings back to top

Jonah in the Windstorm,” fiddle tune played by Casey Helton, recorded by Bruce Greene on 01-05-77, Bruce Greene Collection, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives

Little Black Train,” fiddle tune played by Casey Helton, recorded by Bruce Greene on 01-05-77, Bruce Greene Collection, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives

Matthew 24,” fiddle tune played by Casey Helton, recorded by Bruce Greene on 01-05-77, Bruce Greene Collection, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives

Midnight is Past,” fiddle tune played by Casey Helton, recorded by Bruce Greene on 01-05-77, Bruce Greene Collection, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives

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University of Louisville's Digital Collections
Twenty historic photos are available through the University of Louisville's Digital Collections. The subjects of the photos include: John Hayden, Tex Vanderpool, Green Maggard, and Tom James with fiddle, guitar, dulcimer (Prestonsburg); Jean Thomas, the Traipsin' Woman; the Beaver Creek Boys; the Wheelright Boys; and a horse mill.

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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture
Compiled by: Gregory Jenkins, Joseph C. Hickerson, and Ann C. Taft
Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: December 2010

AFC 1948/023: Margot Mayo CollectionSeventy-six 12-inch and 3 10-inch discs of fiddle tunes, songs, and square dance tunes recorded in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee by Stuart Jamieson, Margot Mayo, and Freyda Simon, September 1946. [catalog record]

AFC 1955/007: Wyatt Insko / Folk Music from Eastern KentuckyFourteen 7-inch tapes of banjo, dulcimer, and fiddle tunes and songs by Kentucky musicians recorded in Berea and Lexington, Kentucky, and southern Ohio by Wyatt Insko, July 1954. Includes performances by Jesse Amburgey of Knott County, Jethro Amburgey of Hindman, Floyd Burchett of Brushy Fork, Mrs. Rosie Foley and Swan Ledford of Natural Bridge, Buell Kazee of Lexington, Pleaz Mobley of Manchester, Balus and Kitty Singleton Ritchie of Viper, and Clarence H. and Ann Wyatt originally of Laurel County. Collected and recorded by Wyatt Insko in charge of recordings for the Coordinated Archives of Indiana University. (14 hours; LWO 2249; additional tape copy on LWO 8011 reels 94-97) (Includes AFS 10,882-10,895)

AFC 1975/049: Margot Mayo CollectionOne hundred and ninety 10-inch and 12-inch discs, 1 5-inch tape, and 8 7-inch tapes of radio programs and home recordings from the 1930s and 1950s recorded in New York City by members of the American Square Dance Group; songs and instrumentals played on banjo and fiddle, recorded in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee by Margot Mayo and others, 1946-47. The collection includes 3/4 linear inch of a concordance, logs, notes, a magazine article, and photographs. (LWO 8920 reels 1-12 (preservation copy); LWO 8635 reels 1-9)

AFS 17,824; 17,826; 17,832-33; 17,968 Four discs and 1 tape containing banjo tunes and songs played and sung by Lulu Crisp and Rufus Crisp of Allen, Kentucky, and Stuart Jamieson, August 1946 and April 1947. (1 hour and 15 minutes; LWO 8920 reel 4; AFS 17,968 on LWO 8635)

AFS 17,828-31 Four discs containing banjo and fiddle tunes and songs played and sung by Palmer Crisp and Sam Leslie, of Allen, Kentucky, August 1946. (45 minutes; tape copy on LWO 8920 reel 4B)

AFS 8474-8505; 8512; 8520-8521; 8524-8531; 8545-8550 Forty-nine discs containing banjo, fiddle, and guitar tunes, and vocals. Performers include Lulu Crisp, Palmer Crisp, Rufus Crisp, F. M. Howell, and Sam Leslie, recorded in Allen, Kentucky; Andy and Hasroe Ward in Buckingham, Kentucky; Cora Hall in Drift, Kentucky; Forrest Burchett, Palmer Crisp, and Sam Leslie in Emma, Kentucky; Mr. and Mrs. Walker Mayo in Lancer, Kentucky; Charles Dingus, Mrs. Sarah Dingus, Aunt Liz Hill, and Mrs. Pearl Mayo in Martin, Kentucky; and Bob Bassie Clark, Mrs. Fannie Jarrell, Jay Salyers, Woodrow Salyers in Prestonburg, Kentucky (7 hours and 30 minutes; tape copy on LWO 5111 reels 115B-117A, 118A, 119, 120B-121A)

AFS 13,992-14,021: National Federation of Music Clubs Archivists / Folk Music Materials Eighteen 7-inch, three 5-inch, and nine 3-inch tapes of folk music from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Recorded by regional National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) archivists and contributors, 1931-63. Donated by Annabel M. Buchanan for the NFMC Folk Music Archive. The collection includes five linear inches of articles, correspondence, logs, and musical and textual transcriptions.

AFS 14,008 One tape containing songs sung by William Henry Young of Knott County, Kentucky. Recorded by Annabel Morris Buchanan, August 1963. (2 hours; LWO 5745 reel 17)
- AFS 14,011; 14,016-18: Four tapes containing songs sung and recorded by Edith Fitzpatrick James in Prestonburg, Kentucky, 1962. (1 hour; LWO 5745 reels 20, 25-27)

AFS 19,559-19,600: Ralph Rinzler Duplication Project Forty-two 10-inch tapes of Doc Watson and family, Clarence Ashley, Fred Price, Clint Howard, Gaither Carlton, Garley Foster, Bill Monroe, and others recorded from 1960-1965, at home concerts, festivals, and workshops by Ralph Rinzler and others. Includes vocal and instrumental music, interviews, and storytelling, recorded in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

AFS 19,581 One tape containing songs by Jean Ritchie of Viper, Kentucky, and others, recorded at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 1964. (2 hours; LWO 12,961 reel 23)

AFS 19,582-19,583 Two tapes containing performances by John Lair in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, and gourd fiddle tunes performed by Dewey Shepherd in David, Kentucky, April 1964. (4 hours; LWO 12,961 reels 24-25)

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Battle of Ivy Mountain MonumentIvel, Kentucky
US Route 23
14 ft. high obelisk

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Big Sandy Community and Technical Annual Alumni Homecoming
1 Bert T. Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-3863

Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry
1-888-MAC-ARTS (1-888-622-2787)
Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass for Education Benefit
Hosted by Big Sandy Community and Technical College at the Mountain Arts Center

Carl and Norma’s Opry House
Maytown, KY
Bluegrass music every Tuesday night 6pm-10pm
2nd Tuesday of each month is Gospel music night

Floyd County Schools Band and Art Festival
The band students from the participating middle and high school bands perform together under the direction of special conductors selected to help showcase the talent of the performers.

Jenny Wiley Festival
The Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival is held the second weekend in October in Prestonsburg. The Jenny Wiley Festival is a week of live music, food, fun, free entertainment, a parade, arts & crafts and more. The Jenny Wiley Festival celebrates the brave pioneer spirit of the Appalachians where Jenny Wiley and others endured a hard frontier life. Yet, they still moved forward and helped settle this land.
1 Bert T. Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-3863

Kentucky Highland Folk Festival
Mountain Arts Center
50 Hal Rogers Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Held the Third Weekend in September at the Downtown Stage.
Traditional Mountain Folk Music at its best.
The Annual presentation of the Kentucky Highland Folk Festival, initiated in 1964 by Mrs. Edith James, is a unique celebration of the area's heritage and culture. “Miss Edith” studied music at the Peabody Conservatory and sang with the Baltimore Symphony. Her love of the hills was strong, so she returned to Eastern Kentucky. Her studies served to heighten her appreciation for the music and culture of the area. In order to preserve the music tradition and heritage of Eastern Kentucky and present it to the public, the Kentucky Highland Folk Festival began. After “Miss Edith’s” death, many wonderful friends, family and volunteers have worked tirelessly to continue the festival. Scheduled events include demonstrations in clogging, the Virginia reel, Appalachian folk tunes, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, fiddle, basket making, woodcarving, furniture making, painting of gourds, hand-blown glass jewelry, quilting, hand-crafted dulcimers and chair seat weaving. So, bring an instrument, come and sing, join the fun on the stage, eat good food, enjoy the arts and crafts or simply sit back and relax. The Annual Kentucky Highland Folk Festival is held at the Mountain Arts Center.

Mountain Arts Center
In October of 1996, the MAC hosted its grand opening and the music and cultural fabric of Eastern Kentucky has not been the same since. This beautiful facility houses a 1,054 seat theatre, several large meeting rooms, a commercial recording studio, an art gallery, an arts education room, and several individual instruction practice rooms.
Administrative Office Hours
Monday – Friday  9am – 5pm
606-889-9125 phone
606-889-9134 fax
Mailing Address:
50 Hal Rogers Drive
Prestonsburg, KY  41653
Keith Caudill – Executive Director  ext.11 
Loretta Blair – General Manager  ext.20   
Mickey Bentley – Technical Director  ext.21 
Jill Reynolds-Williams – Box Office Manager  ext.24 
Shelly Crisp – Administrative Assistant  ext.10 
Khrys Varney – Arts Education Director  ext.15
Yvette Stephens – Accountant  ext.34

Red, White, and Blue Days
Clerk’s Office
11729 Main St.
Martin, KY 41649
(606) 285-9335
Red, White, and Blue Days was founded in 1969 by Marcella Bailey to honor not only the veterans of Floyd County, but the men and women currently serving in today's military. The festival consists of arts and crafts, local entertainment, carnival rides, food and fun. The festival is also known for its Car Show that is held the Saturday of the parade. Red, White, and Blue Days pays tribute to the soldiers with a Veterans' Memorial Dinner and Flag Raising Ceremony.  Third weekend of September.

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Last Updated on October 17, 2012