Monday, August 27, 2012

Episode 125 (August 27, 2012): "Crabtree Falls," by Timothy Seaman

Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of August 27, 2012.

This week we feature an instrumental tune about one of Virginia’s most well-known waterfalls.  Have a listen for about 45 seconds.


You’ve been listening to “Crabtree Falls,” by Timothy Seaman, on the 2002 CD “Sycamore Rapids,” from Pine Wind Music.  Crabtree Falls, in Nelson County, is a series of large and small cascades over which water falls about 1200 feet on its way to the South Fork Tye River.  This is reported to be the longest drop of any waterfall east of the Mississippi River.  Fans of the 1970s television show “The Waltons”—created by Nelson County native Earl Hamner— may remember hearing that fictional family talk of Sunday outings to the popular and remarkable Crabtree Falls.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

Acknowledgments: “Crabtree Falls” and “Sycamore Rapids” are copyright 2002 by Timothy Seaman and Pine Wind Music, used with permission.  Mr. Seaman’s Web site is  “Crabtree Falls” was previously featured in the sound segment of Virginia Water Radio Episode 41 (week of 11-8-10).

Sources and More Information:  Information on Crabtree Falls was taken from the “Visit Nelson County” Web site at, 8/27/12.  Information on Earl Hamner and “The Waltons” was taken from, 8/27/12.

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