Beach to Bluegrass

Beach to Bluegrass:  Places to Brake on Virginia's Longest Road by Joe Tennis

Beach to Bluegrass"With a mix of history and legend, this illustrated trail of tales explores the Civil War stories at Norfolk, Portsmouth, Danville, and Suffolk:  haunted hotels of Virginia Beach, South Boston, and Abingdon; the waterfalls, covered bridges, and mile-high mountains of the Blue Ridge Highlands; and the bluegrass music of Galax, Bristol, Mabry Mill, and other sites along the The Crooked Road:  Virginia's Heritage Music Trail."  Book Cover.

Bristol native Joe Tennis takes the reader on a trip following U.S. Route 58 for its 500 miles across Virginia, from the Chesapeake Bay to the Cumberland National Historical Park.  The book includes intriguing stories from across the state. It follows in the footsteps of famous Americans who traveled through Virginia, including Daniel Boone, Douglas MacArthur, Gregory Peck and Elanor Roosevelt.  The book even explains how the "offset" came to exist on the Tennessee-Virginia border near Bristol.

Johnny and JuneSome of the things that Tennis focuses on in Southwest Virginia include the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Hank Williams Sr.'s last Ride, the lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter and their appearances at the Carter Family Fold, stories of our pioneers, Natural Tunnel and much more.

Information on other parts of Virginia include the myths and lore of Fairy Stone State Park in Patrick County, the Apple Jack Raid of Emporia, Nat Turner's Insurrection in Southampton County and much more.

The book includes an excellent bibliography, a list of resources, and detailed road directions.  There are also more than 100 original photographs.