The Roanoke Valley is as rich in history as it is in natural beauty. The Valley has played a vital role in the growth of Virginia and the United States. The famed Wilderness Road migration route traveled by pioneers in covered wagons on their way to settle the frontier passed right through the region. Lewis and Clark departed from Fincastle in Botetourt County when summoned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Purchase. Decades later as the Civil War threatened the future of the nation, several important battles took place in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.
You can walk in the footsteps of presidents, explorers and heroes as you explore the history of the region. From WWII soldiers remembered at the National D-Day Memorial to the inspiring story of African-American educator Booker T. Washington, our history is proudly on display for the enrichment of everyone.