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History and Heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains

D-Day Memorial - History & HeritageThe rich history of the Roanoke Valley and its heritage have been shaped by great people and events going back to the Native Americans who settled the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The people of the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge proudly embrace their history and love sharing it with visitors.

Learn about the lives of pioneers migrating through the mountains to settle the frontier. Get introduced to the unique music heritage of the region along The Crooked Road: Virginia's Music Heritage Trail. Experience our folklore, traditional crafts, and decorative arts at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.

Walk through the spot where one of our nation's founding fathers used to retreat at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.

Discover the African-American influence on the region and the entire country at the Booker T. Washington National Monument and Harrison Museum of African American Culture.

Understand how major Civil War battles in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains affected the outcome of the war. See what industries had a major impact on the growth of the Roanoke Valley at the History Museum of Western Virginia and the Salem Museum. And learn the story of the brave men who gave their lives during the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II at the National D-Day Memorial.

History is alive and well through fascinating museums and major historical sites that let you walk in the footsteps of soldiers, explorers and statesmen.

Below is a list of historical attractions and sites in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

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Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

  • 20 Museum Drive
  • Ferrum, VA 24088
  • Phone: (540) 365-4416
  • Region: Blue Ridge Parkway

Booker T. Washington National Monument

  • 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
  • Hardy, VA 24101
  • Phone: (540) 721-2094
  • Region: Smith Mountain Lake

The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail

  • One Heartwood Circle
  • Abingdon, VA 24210
  • Phone: (276) 492-2085
  • Region: I-581/US 220

Crossroads to Settlement

  • 101 Shenandoah Avenue NE
  • Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Phone: (540) 342-6025
  • Region: Downtown Roanoke/Berglund Center

Crystal Spring Pump Station

  • Corner of Jefferson & McLanahan
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 342-5770
  • Region: South Roanoke

David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk

  • Norfolk Avenue
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 853-2000
  • Region: Downtown Roanoke/Berglund Center

Downtowns of Botetourt

  • 16 East Main Street, Box 4
  • Fincastle, VA 24090
  • Phone: (540) 473-1167
  • Region: I-81

Franklin County Historical Society

  • 460 S. Main Street
  • Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Phone: (540) 483-1890
  • Region: I-581/US 220

Harrison Museum of African American Culture

  • One Market Square SE 2nd Floor
  • Center in the Square
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 857-4395
  • Region: Downtown Roanoke/Berglund Center

High Ground Veterans Monument

  • 814 E. Washington Ave
  • Vinton, VA 24179
  • Phone: (540) 983-0613
  • Region: South Roanoke

Historic Fincastle, Inc.

  • 121 E Murray Street
  • Fincastle, VA 24090
  • Phone: (540) 473-3077
  • Region: I-81

Historic Grandin Village

  • 1327 Grandin Road SW
  • Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Phone: (540) 777-1790
  • Region: South Roanoke

Historic Roanoke City Market

  • 213 Market Street
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 342-2028
  • Region: Downtown Roanoke/Berglund Center

Historic Smithfield Plantation

  • 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road
  • Blacksburg, VA 24060
  • Phone: (540) 231-3947
  • Region: New River Valley/Blacksburg

History Museum of Western Virginia

  • One Market Square SE 3rd Floor
  • Center in the Square
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 342-5770
  • Region: Downtown Roanoke/Berglund Center
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The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
101 Shenandoah Avenue NE | Roanoke, VA 24016
540-342-6025
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