Last Saturday I spent an afternoon at the Simmons Farm Museum, attending an exhibit of vintage tractors and trucks. The event also included a musical performance by The Down East Boys, based in Reidsville, a gospel quartet that has been touring, recording and performing for thirty years. A promising young musician from Yanceyville, Taylor Hudson, guitarist, singer and songwriter also performed. Both groups did a great job, and the crowd was happy and having fun. There was also another gospel band playing later that night, and they drew a good-sized crowd.
There is a beautiful barn set up for regular gospel, bluegrass and real country groups playing there. They also host other artists and guests, including comedians and religious speakers.
The barn has a large stage, a large floor, as well as a balcony with benches. Three large doors make access easy and comfortable.
On Saturday, Dickie Do’s barbecue had a food truck near the entrance and Mrs. Simmons was serving ice cream in hand. It was delicious, and considering the heat, there was a long line to get it.
The general store is the old Raney general store, and Mr. Simmons told me that when he was young he was dropped off there almost every day to plow tobacco, corn and hang out at the store. In his words, he said at the time that the only thing there was him, the crops and the store.
The upcoming schedule is posted on their facebook page, so check it out. The next concert will be the Lefevre Quartet, a renowned gospel group from Atlanta. The barn is also available for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, special events, etc.
I have driven to Simmons Farm several times but this is my first event I would recommend a visit if you want to enjoy this unique property and the hospitality of Randy Simmons and his family.