Blue Ridge Institute
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The Blue Ridge Institute was founded to preserve the history, culture, and traditions of the Blue Ridge Region of Virginia. In 1986, the Virginia General Assembly designated the Institute as the Virginia State Center for the Blue Ridge Folklore.
The current facility was built in 1991 and houses many artifacts and research documents related to the Institute's mission. Each year the Institute is this focal point of a daylong folklife festival featuring the music, crafts, traditions, and customs of the Blue Ridge Region. The festival typically draws over 20,000 visitors.
Hurt, Frank Benjamin. A History of Ferrum College: An Uncommon Challenge 1914-1974. Roanoke, VA: Stone Printing Company, 1977.