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Shenandoah Valley Teardrop Dulcimer

David Schnaufer is believed to have purchased this instrument at Whiteway Antiques in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1992. He attributed the instrument's origin to the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in the 18th or 19th century. The instrument was donated to…

Hex Dulcimer, KY/WV

This instrument was purchased by David Schnaufer in 1994 from an unnamed woman who had purchased it in Ashland, Kentucky. The maker, date, and place are unknown, but a possible "mate" to this instrument is held at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins,…

[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.

[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…

[Sullivan County Dulcimer #1]

This music box dates from the late 19th century, and was purchased by David Schnaufer around 1990 for $325 from an antique dealer in Black Mountain, NC.

[Perry [Lewis] County Dulcimer #1]

The current owner purchased this instrument from a collector in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

[Obion [Hardin] County Dulcimer #2]

This instrument was passed to its current owner by his father, who had called it a "harmonica." This man was born in 1878 near Cabo in McNairy County (now Chester County). The earlier generation had moved to Tennessee from Peachland, North…

[Marshall County Dulcimer #1]

According to its current owner, this instrument was bought from John's Antiques in Meridianville, Alabama. It had been previously acquired from a flea market in Lacon, Alabama, having originally come from an estate auction in Lewisburg, Tennessee.