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Historic Resources

Roanoke River Blueway – Landmarks and Points of Interest Guide

Use this listing of resources to learn more about the history and culture of the area around the Roanoke River Blueway. Specific points of interest are included in the Roanoke River Blueway Interactive Map.

Blueway User Assistance Needed!

Photos and/or information are needed for inclusion in the historic resources guide and the Roanoke River Blueway Interactive Map. Photos can be posted to the Roanoke River Blueway Facebook page or submitted via email to

Virginia Canals & Navigation Society

The Roanoke/Staunton River Atlas references numerous historical features and points of interest along the Roanoke River. Copies of the Atlas are available for purchase on the VC&NS website. A copy of the Roanoke/Staunton River Atlas is also available for review at the Regional Commission.

Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation

The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of promoting the preservation of the historic, natural, and cultural resources of the Roanoke Valley.

Virginia Department of Historical Resources

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has identified historical (architectural and archaeological) resources through the following programs:

Blueway, Railways, and Trains

The Roanoke River Blueway offers a unique perspective on Roanoke’s railroad heritage with views of active (Norfolk and Southern) and abandoned tracks, railyards, and numerous railroad bridges and trestles. See the Roanoke River Blueway Interactive Map for railroad crossings and other reference points.