The rich history of Roanoke 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 proudly embrace their history and love sharing it with visitors.
Learn about the lives of pioneers migrating through the mountains to settle the frontier. Discover the African-American influence on the region and the entire country at the Booker T. Washington National Monument. Understand how major Civil War battles in the Blue Ridge Region affected the outcome of the war. See how the railroad industry had a major impact on the growth of the Roanoke Valley.
History is alive and well through fascinating museums, and major historical sites let you walk in the footsteps of soldiers, explorers and statesmen.