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Big Stone Gap is a little town with a big story! In the heart of Appalachia lies Big Stone Gap. Founded in 1856, Big Stone Gap represents quintessential Southern charm. Considered a small town, with a population of roughly 5,700, Big Stone Gap allows residents and...

Birthplace of country music legend Tennessee Ernie Ford is now the Bristol Historical Association and is open for tours by appointment. A room contains furnishings from the early 1900s, Ford family photos and an upright piano....

The St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall was built in 1907 in the center of New Town, an African American Community in Blacksburg that emerged after the Civil War. New Town consisted of only a couple of streets and several houses that no longer exist. It...

Experience early rural life at the Blue Ridge Institute's Blue Ridge Farm Museum, a re-created 19th century Blue Ridge, Virginia-German farmstead. Costumed interpreters prepare meals over the open hearth, drive oxen, blacksmith, and carry out a host of other household and farm chores of the...

View the newest Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker in the United States (installed on Memorial Day 2005 - May 30). The Blue Star Memorials were first conceived after World War II to honor veterans. They were later changed to all members of the...

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Plateau of Southwestern Virginia in south central Carroll County, Bluemont Presbyterian Church is one of six rock churches built by Rev. Bob Childress. Subject of the book, The Man Who Moved a Mountain by Richard C. Davids (1970). Largest of...

This national treasure commemorates the birthplace of Booker T. Washington – America’s most prominent African American educator, orator and influential statesman of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The park comprises 239 acres, including most of the tobacco plantation's original 207 acres, as well as...

Between 1913 and 1938, the Boone Trail Highway Memorial Association placed cast iron markers throughout the United States. This was an effort to help promote coast to coast highway improvement, tourist travel, patriotism, remembrance of the Battleship Maine, education, memorializing pioneer hero Daniel Boone, and...

Visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway often overlook the fact that the landscape they are traveling was occupied in earlier historic times. Very little has survived the passage of time of the settlers and farmers who once called this home. However, several cemeteries along the...