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Blue Ridge Institute

Virginia State Folklore Center

Quilting workshop at the Blue Ridge Institute; photo by Ferrum College on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Blue Ridge Folklore Center of Virginia

The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum in Ferrum, Virginia was designated the official "state center for blue ridge folklore" by Governor Gerald Baliles and the Virginia State Legislature in 1986. All State Museums

Through gallery exhibits, the Blue Ridge Farm Museum, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, the Blue Ridge Heritage Archive, the recordings series, and innovative outreach programming, the Blue Ridge Institute promotes a special understanding of regional folklife by documenting the folkways of the people living in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains.