Whitney Brown

Dry-stone Waller, Folklorist & Writer
Meadows of Dan, Virginia

Whitney Brown’s diverse experiences range from a drystone walling apprenticeship in Wales to gathering oral histories, photos, and video of tradition bearers for the South Carolina Arts Commission.

She is the owner of Whitney Brown Stone, and specializes in stone construction and maintenance including landscape and architectural projects. Brown is also a folklorist and writer who calls the mountains of Virginia home.

“As a folklorist specializing in the southern United States, an Appalachian native, a nature enthusiast, a builder experienced in stone, and a descendant of a Civilian Conservation Corps participant, I can’t think of a better place to put my energy than preserving the Parkway’s cultural and architectural heritage and improving its accessibility and sustainability going forward,” Brown says. “This is a magical part of the world, worthy of both my protection and careful promotion.”

Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) in American Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and a Master of Arts in Folklore from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.