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Doc Watson Points of Interest


Doc Watson Heritage Sites

Doc Watson Points of Interest

The High Country is home to the late legendary musician, Doc Watson (March 3, 1923- May 29, 2012).  Doc, who was blind, began his performing career on the sidewalks of Boone in the late 1940’s where he walked miles to downtown and strapped a tin can to his guitar to play for tips.  Today you can enjoy Doc Watson’s legacy by visiting the following:

 

  • “Just One of the People” Sculpture
    Where:  NE corner of the intersection of King and Depot Streets in Downtown Boone
    What:  A life sized bronze statue created by sculptor Alex Hallmark and features the musician seated on a bench playing his favorite guitar
    When:  Open Daily and Nightly

 

  • Doc Watson Museum at Cove Creek
    Where:
      Historic Cove Creek School outside Boone in Sugar Grove
    What:  The museum is a tribute to the life of Doc Watson.  The museum has many of his possessions and memorabilia from his performances. 
    When: The museum is open by appointment only.  Call 828-297-2200 to book a tour.

 

  • Doc & Merle Watson Highway
    Where: Located between Boone and Deep Gap on Highway 421, there are two signs labeling the section the "Doc & Merle Watson Highway."  Visitors like to stop and have a photo made with the road signs.

 

  • Doc Watson Exhibit at the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame
    Where: Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame located in the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro
    What: Here music, see photos and instruments of Doc
    When: Open 10-4, Monday-Saturday

 

  • “Eddy Merle Watson Garden of the Senses”
    Where:  Campus of Wilkes Community College, 1328 Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, 336-838-6100
    What:  Specialty gardens featuring Braille-labeled plants and alphabet walls.  The garden has been designed so that everyone, regardless of their visual ability, may enjoy it.
    When: Open Daily

 

  • Doc Watson Mural
    Where:
    101 West Main Street, Downtown Wilkesboro (within walking distance of the Wilkes Heritage Museum)
    What: 
    The "Where the Mountains Begin" mural celebrates the colorful landmarks and legends of Wilkes County: Stone Mountain State Park, W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, and Doc Watson. Local artist Wes Gregory designed the mural of Doc Watson, a well known area musician who helped begin the Watson Festival at Wilkes Community College

 

  • MerleFest
    Where: Campus of Wilkes Community College, 1328 Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, 336-838-6100
    What:  MerleFest celebrates the Watson Family and is home to one of the premiere festivals in the country attracting a global audience as well as some of the best musicians in the world. 
    When:  Every April. For more information: merlefest.org

 

  • Doc Watson Day
    Where:
    The Jones House Community Center, Boone
    What:
    A tribute to the music of Doc Watson by his friends and musicians
    When:
    Every June.  For more information: joneshouse.org

 

  • Doc Watson & Rosa Lee Watson Scholarship Fund
    Where:
    Appalachian State University, Boone NC
    What: The late Doc and Rosa Lee Watson wanted to support local students majoring in Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University. 
    When: To find out more about paying tribute to Doc Watson through his scholarship fund, Click HERE

 

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