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  • Collection: The Straight-Sided Dulcimer in Tennessee

[Alcorn County (MS) Dulcimer #1]

This music box belonged to the great-great-grandfather (maternal) of the owner, Benjamin Franklin Hardin (b. 1860s). He was a carpenter who built houses, and lived in Alcorn County, Mississippi. The instrument passed through the family.

[Jefferson County (AL) Dulcimer #1]

This instrument was purchased at an antique store near Huntsville, Alabama. No other history is known.

[Alabama Dulcimer #1]

The current owner purchased this instrument from the widow of one Joe Gamble in Huntsville, Alabama. It had been purchased in turn at the same time as fiddles that were from Texas.

[Wayne County Dulcimer #3]

This music box was found in a house built by Wesley Galloway, a carpenter, and the great-great-grandfather of the instrument's current owner. The family had come from Lawrence County before settling in Wayne County.

[Wayne County Dulcimer #2]

The current owners bought this instrument around 1978 from Bill Spencer in Wayne County. Its previous history is unknown. This dulcimer appears to be a primitive (homemade) instrument.

[Wayne [Hardin] County Dulcimer #1]

The current owner purchased this instrument from one Ocie Burns in Waynesboro in 1988. Her grandmother, Sara Josephine Ford Pulley, had had it, and it was probably made by her father, John Ford, who was living in Hardin County at the time. It was…

[Shelby County Dulcimer #1]

The current owner acquired this instrument at a flea market in Memphis, Tennessee.

[Perry County Dulcimer #3]

This instrument was found in a house that the current owner's father had bought about 60 years before (ca. 1930s).

[Perry [Hickman] County Dulcimer #2]

This instrument belonged to the current owner's mother, who had inherited it through her grandfather's family (Edwards). The Edwards family had immigrated to North Carolina and eventually to Lincoln County, Tennessee.