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ORAL HISTORY

Flo Wolfe, Family Member


Carter Family Fold

Flo Wolfe, daughter of Gladys Carter Millard, is the oldest grandchild of A. P. and Sara Carter. She was born in Mendota, Virginia, but when Flo was two years old, Gladys moved the family back to Hiltons, so she could look after her younger brother, Joe. Growing up, Flo had no idea that her grandfather was part of the First Family of Country Music. She just enjoyed the company of the man who would read to her, let her play with his menagerie of animals, and stocked his grocery store with lots of candy. But when Flo’s mother, along with her Uncle Joe and Aunt Janette, started the Carter Family Fold in 1974, Flo began to realize her family’s significance in the world of country music. Today, Flo and her husband, John Wolfe, work the souvenir table at the Fold, where they celebrate the Carter legacy by selling Carter Family CDs, T-shirts, and copies of Recipes from Carter Country, a collection of recipes from Carter family members and friends. Flo even made a few contributions to the cookbook, including recipes for fruit salad, rhubarb jam with pineapple, and her Quick and Easy Small Cake.

Date of interview:
2009-02-21 00:00

Interviewer:
Amy Evans

Photographer:
Amy Evans

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