Final Notes, Jennings Chestnut

Musician and luthier Jennings Chestnut of Conway, South Carolina, died on February 14 after a brief illness. A native of Conway, in Horry County, Chestnut built his first mandolin when his son, Jennings, Jr., expressed an interest in playing. He went on to become a highly accomplished luthier whose instruments are played by many professional musicians. He was a founder of the Bluegrass on the Waccamaw festival, held at a peanut warehouse on Main Street in Conway every May. Chestnut received the State of South Carolina’s Jean Laney Folk Heritage Award. He is survived by his wife Willi, and their five children, eighteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


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