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American Mountain Theater

Courtesy American Mountain Theater

Six years ago, the railyard in historic downtown Elkins, West Virginia, became the unlikely home of the American Mountain Theater. This theater was the dream of a local family who developed it into an entertainment destination with a variety of shows.

Today, the theater hosts some 30,000 visitors each year.

“Our ‘Premier Two Hour Show’ is a live music, comedy and variety show,” said the theater’s Meggan Sexton. “It’s true variety — you get everything from country to pop, gospel and R&B. This year we have songs by ZZ Top, Willie Nelson and a Southern gospel group.”

The theater also has a show called “A History of American Music,” which it performs on request for groups. This one-hour show covers a range of songs from American history that are familiar to all audiences.

In addition to these shows, the theater presents a Christmas show that begins after Thanksgiving and runs until the day after Christmas. They also host a Southern gospel concert series that features one concert each month.

The theater caught a big break this year when television network RFD began broadcasting a show from Elkins called American Mountain Theater.

Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.