After a long COVID hiatus, the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is please to bring back some of your favorite events and more.
Updated Historic Downtown Roanoke Walking Tours
Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation recently released a new and revised version of our popular Downtown Roanoke Walking Tour in both published and digital formats that 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 on postcards also available at these same locations.
The published Roanoke Downtown Walking tour 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 published walking tour opens up into a full-size 18″ x 24″ fold-out brochure that coimbines the three (3) areas of interest and also includes several historic photos and a brief history of Roanoke’s growth.
The digital Roanoke Downtown Walking tour has been broken down into the same three areas of interest, but separately, with each tour providing its own distinctive view of our city: The Commerce Walk, The Community Walk, and the N&W Railway Walk.
• 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.
Once you scan one of the Tour postcard’s QR codes, a map of downtown Roanoke automatically appears with a 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.
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. Time, Location, and Tickets
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 (email@example.com) 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 2023 (Preservation Month) – Sat. May 20, 2003
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)
About the Event:
Play for Preservation-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 we update this page with future events and activities being planned.