Peggy Hensley

Carter Family Fold
A. P. Carter Hwy
Hiltons, VA 24258
(276) 386-6054

Peggy Hensley’s great-grandmother and Janette Carter’s great-grandmother were half-sisters. Even so, Peggy considers herself more of a friend than family. But that doesn’t stop her from volunteering at the Carter Family Fold every Saturday night, taking tickets and helping to celebrate the Carter Family’s musical legacy.  Peggy also has a role in the annual Carter Family Memorial Music Festival, which takes place every August. For years Peggy, as a member of the Hiltons Ruritan Club, made and served traditional Appalachian foods, such as cornbread, soup beans, and a popular boiled-dressing coleslaw that’s now known as Carter Fold Cole Slaw. Her connection to the Fold has solidified her appreciation for the place, the people, the music, and the food. And it’s also made her realize that “different people from a lot of different backgrounds appreciate the same things we do.”

Date of interview:

February 21, 2009


Amy Evans


Amy Evans

Carter Family Fold - Peggy Hensley
We did have a lot of people who would ask for our recipes, like our coleslaw recipe, so we decided it would be a good idea to ask a lot of people that come to the Fold [to share recipes]. So many of the people that have recipes in that cookbook [Recipes from Carter Country] are no longer with us here at the Fold, so it’s a nostalgic thing to go back through it.

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