The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation announces several upcoming events that we are certain you will want to mark your calendar for:  

Events Currently Underway…….

Updated Historic Downtown Roanoke Walking Tours

Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation recently released a new and revised version of our popular Downtown Roanoke Walking Tour.  The tour is available in  both published and digital formats and are available at most local downtown museums as well as at the Hotel Roanoke and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Visitor Information Center (O. Winston Link Museum). Digital tours can be accessed via scanning a QR Code found on postcards also available at these same locations.

Published Tours

The published Roanoke Downtown Walking tour brochure is comprised of three (3) areas of interest – the Commerce Walk, the Community Walk, and the N&W Railway Walk – that combined together provide you with an overall view of our city’s history.

• The Commerce Walk begins with the bustling City Market Building and continues along some of downtown’s most important and scenic commercial streets.
• The Community Walk takes participants past buildings and landmarks central to the daily lives of Roanoke’s citizens.
• The N&W Railway Walk allows participants to get in touch with our city’s railroad heritage and rich history of Roanoke’s Black community.

The published walking tour opens up into a full-size 18″ x 24″ fold-out brochure that also includes several historic photos and brief history of Roanoke’s growth. 

Digital Tours

The digital Roanoke Downtown Walking tour has also been published on smaller post cards that have the same three areas of interest – The Commerce Walk, The Community Walk, and the N&W Railway Walk – but broken down into three (3) separate tours with each tour  providing its own distinctive view of our city: 

Once you scan one of the postcard’s three (3) individual QR tour code, a map of downtown Roanoke automatically appears with the tour’s short walking route highlighted on your mobile device with informational markers along the way showcasing the points of interest you are looking at. By walking on these brief tours, you will learn about our city’s history which in turn will help you understand who Roanoke is today.

Future Events Planned………

Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl – Saturday Sept. 24, 2022

Our annual “Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl” is back with our fall 2022 event. RVPF is partnering for the first time with the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The pub crawl is a fun way to learn more about Roanoke’s historic landscape while helping both organizations raise money to further their missions of preserving the valley’s most important architectural and cultural icons. 

When:  Saturday September 24 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in Downtown Roanoke
Where:  Pub Crawl begins at Hotel Roanoke’s Lobby Bar; ends at Martin’s
Cost: $30/person or $100 for a team of 4
Tickets:  Tickets available through Eventbrite OR contact Whitney Leeson ( to pay by check

About the Event

RVPF and AIA representatives will be at local bars and breweries in downtown Roanoke stamping pub crawl passes and handing out swag from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Compete for prizes by completing your Trivia on Tap Answer Sheet featuring questions about people and places important to Roanoke’s past. No cell phone surfing for answers allowed.

Participants proceed at their own pace and in their own order after checking in at the Hotel Roanoke’s Lobby Bar to pick up their pub crawl t-shirt and sign a liability waiver. Only participants wearing their event t-shirt will qualify for drink and food specials at each establishment on the pub crawl. (No purchase is required to receive a stamp or answer trivia questions.) End your pub crawl by 5:00 p.m. at Martin’s where you will turn in your Trivia on Tap Answer Sheets. RVPF and AIA hosts will tally the scores and results will be announced soon after.

Play for Preservation ‘Croquet in May’ – Saturday, May 20, 2003

Save the date for our second fundraiser of the year during May 2023, Preservation Month: Play Croquet for Preservation – May 2023 

When: Saturday May 20,2023 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
(Rain date will be Sunday May 21 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Mountain View.)
Where: Historic 1907 Historic Fishburn Mansion, located at 714 13th Street SW, Roanoke, VA)
Cost: TBD

About the Event:

Play for Preservation’s ‘Croquet in May’. Wearing your croquet whites and soft-soled shoes is strongly encouraged. Prizes awarded to winners by age bracket as well as best dressed croquet players.

Proceeds will support ongoing preservation projects for the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation and Friends of Mountain View, Inc.

Check back often as future events will be announced when they are finalized.   

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