On Sept. 5, international storyteller and musician Ron Short will reawaken the remarkable history of the Wilderness Road and Cumberland Gap through stories and song at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
The park’s beautiful Wilderness Road Campground Amphitheater is the perfect setting for this world class entertainer to mesmerize the audience as he becomes the 18th century pioneer character known as Jim Wolfe.
Short is a 30 year veteran singer, songwriter and playwright from southwestern Virginia; however, he has played to audiences literally all over the world. His gritty and oftentimes comical stories in song will paint a picture of long ago that our great, great, great, great-grandparents would fully and instantly recognize. These ballads of a pioneering people who traipsed through our mountain backyards will tell of the settlers’ fears, dreams, and sorrows experienced along the trail west beyond the gap.
The historic Cumberland Gap, like no other piece of American geography, is heritage to an estimated 48,000,000 Americans today. The story of the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap is the story of the building of America. The program is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. This program is being co-hosted by the Friends of Cumberland Gap and park partner Eastern National.
For more information about Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, call 606-248-2817 or visit www.nps.gov/cuga.
For more information on the Friends of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and how to become involved, visit www.friendsofcumberlandgap.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofcumberlandgap. Eastern National supports the interpretive and educational mission of the National Park Service; learn more by visiting www.easternnational.org.