Brian Jewell

Taste of Culture at Heartwood in Abingdon


Brian Jewell
Published April 01, 2014

If your group enjoys arts, music and food, a stop at Heartwood in Abingdon will give them a welcome perspective on the bounty of southwest Virginia.

Heartwood is an artisan center that represents 19 counties in the southern and western reaches of the state. The 30,000-square-foot facility bills itself as a gateway to the region and showcases the distinctive crafts, music and food that come from around the area.

The center is the headquarters of Round the Mountain, a regional artisan network, and numerous artists and craftspeople work at Heartwood. Visiting groups can meet and talk with demonstrating artisans and shop from a variety of local crafts, such as jewelry, glass and pottery.

Music lovers can also learn about the Crooked Road, Virginia’s music heritage trail. Heartwood presents regular performances and jam sessions with locals, who interpret the area’s rich cultural heritage through music. The center has a music store with a wide library of folk and heritage music, as well as handmade instruments crafted by local luthiers.

Heartwood also endeavors to give visitors a taste of southwest Virginia’s harvest. The on-site restaurant features recipes selected by chefs from around the region and highlights local produce whenever possible. The center also includes a wine and coffee bar that features beverages produced in southwest Virginia.