This past Saturday, I enjoyed an afternoon at Simmons Farm Museum, attending an antique tractor and truck show. The event also included a musical performance by Reidsville based, The Down East Boys, a gospel quartet that has been touring, recording and performing for thirty years. Also performing was a young up and coming Yanceyville musician, Taylor Hudson, a guitar player, singer and songwriter. Both groups did a bang up job, and the crowd was happy and having fun.There was also another gospel band playing later that night, and they attracted a good size crowd.
There's a nice barn set up for the regular gospel, bluegrass, and true country bands that play there.They also host other performers and guests, including comedians, and religious speakers.
The barn has a great stage, a large floor, as well as a balcony with benches. Three big doors make access easy and comfortable.
Saturday Dickie Do's BBQ had a food truck near the entrance, and Mrs Simmons was serving hand cranked ice cream. It was delicious, and considering the heat, there was a long line to get some.
The general store is the old Raney general store, and Mr Simmons told me that when he was young, he would be dropped off there most days to plow tobacco, corn, and hang out at the store. In his words he said back then the only thing out there was him, the crops and the store.
The coming schedule is posted on their facebook page, so check it out. The next concert will be the Lefevre Quartet, a long renowned gospel group from Atlanta. The barn is also available for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, special events, etc...
I've driven by the Simmons Farm many times, but this is the first event I've attended.I'd recommend a visit if you want to enjoy this unique property and the hospitality of Randy Simmons and family.