Long Journey Home is Johnson County's Heritage Arts and Music celebration! Join us every Labor Day weekend, as the hills and hollers come to life with authentic, Old Time music. The Long Journey Home Festival and Musical Heritage Tour features live music at heritage sites throughout the county. Hear clawhammer banjo played on Clarence "Tom" Ashley's front porch, murder ballads on the bank of the creek where Tom Dooley was captured. For a full schedule of events, visit the Long Journey Home website. And if you want to experience a taste of Johnson County's music and heritage today, you can pick up your copy of the Long Journey Home CD at the Arts Center and make your own self guided tour any day of the year.
Clarence "Tom" Ashley, the Original Mountain Minstrel, painted by Cristy Dunn, at the Corner of Church and Donnelly.
Fred Price, Clint Howard, and Sons, putting "the folk in the folk revival." by Cristy Dunn, Main Street
Cristy Dunn unveils Birth of a Ballad: the Capture of Tom Dooley at the Corner of Church and Main. 2015
The 2017 mural was painted by participants in the 2017 Long Journey Home Mural Workshop. Artists of all ages and ability levels put in over 200 hours to recreate the famous 1925 Fiddler's Convention picture. It can be seen on the side of the Arts Center Building in Heritage Square. The project was funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the frame was donated by Chris Vannoy of Mountain Craft Woodworks.
The Unveiling of the Historic 1925 Fiddler's Convention mural. September 2017