Classic South / Thomson

Blind Willie McTell Grave Site

1062 Happy Valley Rd., SW
Jones Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
Thomson, GA 30824

706-597-1000
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  • Blind Willie McTell's Grave Site in McDuffie County

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  • It is not unusual to find gifts and trinkets left on his grave.

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Blues Musician, Composer. Born Willie Samuel McTell, blind at birth. His mother taught him how to play the guitar when he was a teenager. He played both the 12-string and the 6-string guitar. He wrote the song that the Allman Brothers made popular in 1969, "Statesboro Blues." Recorded with many labels from 1927 to 1956. When Willie's mother died, he left home to join the Traveling Medicine Show and Carnivals. He sang with other blues artists such as Curley Weaver and Buddy Moss. Curley and Willie played for spare change and tips on Altanta's Decatur Street. Blind Willie was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1981.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day

    Facility Amenities

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

    Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

    05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018

    Selected by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, the Blind Willie Blues Festival is one of the finest small festivals in the Southeast, with fans and patrons attending from all over the United States. Enjoy a celebration of blues that brings in great music and honors Thomson, Ga., native, Blind Willie McTell, a Georgia Music Hall of Fame member recognized internationally for his songwriting and 12 string guitar skills. Performances by local, regional and national musicians, local ... read more