Stanley Honored With Designated Route

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley may soon be traveling down his own road, literally. The Virginia General Assembly will rename Route 652 in southwest Virginia “Dr. Ralph Stanley Highway,” reports the Kingsport Times-News. The highway travels from Toms Creek to Nora, Va., and will have markers placed indicating the designation. Stanley, known for his powerful mountain vocals and banjo playing, lives along Route 652 in the Coeburn area of Dickenson County. He hosts an annual bluegrass festival, and the highway is the primary road to the festival location. Bluegrass brothers Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Stanley’s fellow Grand Ole Opry stars, also are natives of Coeburn.