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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
      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, but hopes to have regular hours in the near future!  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
    101 West Main Street, Downtown Wilkesboro (within walking distance of the Wilkes Heritage Museum)
    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:


  • Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest in Sugar Grove
    Where: Historic Cove Creek School, Sugar Grove
    What: MusicFest 'N Sugar Grove is an all-day, family-oriented event celebrating the music and lives of Doc and Rosa Lee Watson with a fantastic lineup of live music, local food, crafts and entry to the Doc & Merle Watson Folk Art Museum. With two stages and more than 10 bands, there is something for the whole family!
    When: Saturday, July 16,2022 For more information:


  • Doc Watson Day
    The Jones House Community Center, Boone
    A tribute to the music of Doc Watson by his friends and musicians
    Friday, August 19th, 2022  For more information:


  • Doc Watson & Rosa Lee Watson Scholarship Fund
    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