The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is the official outdoor drama of the Commonwealth of Virginia, adopted in 1994. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is a theatrical production based a 1908 romance / western novel written by John Fox, Jr. and adapted for the stage by Clara Lou Kelly. The setting for the drama is lovely, with woodland trees, a small waterfall, and new outdoor seating.
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is performed at the June Tolliver Playhouse, located in the Jerome Street Historic District of Big Stone Gap, Virginia (seats approximately 335 people). The June Tolliver Playhouse is listed on the National and State Historic Landmark Registers; they offer free tours, lively conversation and good company.
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine tells the love story of a lovely Appalachian Mountain girl and a handsome mining engineer from the East. This is a musical drama that "depicts the story of the great boom in Southwest Virginia when the discovery of coal and iron ore forced the lusty, proud mountain people into making many drastic changes in their way of life" (quote from brochure).