A sneek peak to Appalachian life at the Humpback Rock


Another sidetrip along the parkway is the Humpback Rock Mountain Farm. It is located at milepost 5.8 on the Blueridge Parkway. The farm serves as an outdoor museum, reminiscent of an 1800s Southern America mountain farm. Most if not all of the buildings in the farm were relocated from nearby locations.





 Inside the cabin you will see old knick-knacks on display, such as a small bed, a wooden crib, an old-fashioned mouse trap, a spinning wheel, a witch broom, and a home-made doll made from corn husks. The cabin is not fitted with indoor plumbing. You will learn that Appalachian life is a little backward as compared to the rest of 19th century America. Isolation is seen as one major reason, hence, the construction of the Blueridge Parkway.





Throw your cares away and be a hillbilly (but certainly not stupid) for a day. Take a pick of your spot and enjoy the breeze while listening to bluegrass music.



The best time to visit is during the summer months when the cabin and the outbuildings are open and when costumed rangers demonstrate early mountain life.




A visit to this mountain farm opened my eyes to how some of the early mountain settlers lived in America. I didn’t know about Appalachian Culture apart from stories of the hillbillies from the movies and books. Indeed, it is a great place to learn about another culture that is totally different from the America we now know.





~ by Happy Sole on June 20, 2010.

6 Responses to “A sneek peak to Appalachian life at the Humpback Rock”

  1. It is always good to see how lucky we are. Or – maybe there is something to a simpler way of life.

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  3. I can’ t but agree.I always wanted to write in my site something like that but I guess you’ r faster.

  4. I’m starting to build a website. I was at Humpback Rocks last fall and didn’t take any pics of the farm. (stupid me) I am asking your permission to use one of these pics on my site in a Humpback Rocks page, Thanks for your consideration.

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