The Blue Ridge Parkway’s history is often wrapped up in what came before the creation of the park. The documentary, Rock Castle Home, by Duke University Professor Charles Thompson Jr., shares the stories of descendants of a 1930s mountain community in Virginia. The film is a deep chronicle of one mountain hollow and its people.
Matching Gift Opportunity!
In 2017, Congress provided $20 million for projects across the country through the Centennial Challenge program. These funds will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks. This project has been selected for a Centennial Challenge grant! That means your contribution will be doubled by matching funds from the federal government, so you can feel twice as good about your gift.
The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center, where the music of our mountains is preserved, interpreted, and celebrated. Cultural preservation is a core element of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s mission, and we advance that goal by supporting musical programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center at milepost 213 in Virginia.
MATCHING GIFT OPPORTUNITY! In 2016, the National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial. In preparation for the anniversary, Congress designated $10 million toward a competitive bidding process called the Centennial Challenge to make improvements in National Parks across the country.