Alleghany Springs, Virginia
Alleghany Springs is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, United States. Alleghany Springs is located along State Route 637 7.9 miles east of Christiansburg. Alleghany Springs contained a post office from 1854 until the 1940s; the Alleghany Springs Springhouse and William Barnett House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Radford is an independent city in the U. S. state of Virginia. As of 2016, the population was estimated to be 17,483 by the United States Census Bureau. For statistical purposes, the Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Radford with neighboring Montgomery County. Radford is included in the Blacksburg–Christiansburg–Radford metropolitan area. Radford is the home of Radford University; the Radford Arsenal is nearby in Montgomery counties. Radford City has four schools: McHarg Elementary, Belle Heth Elementary, Dalton Intermediate, Radford High School. Radfordva.gov Radford was named for Dr. John B. Radford. Dr. Radford's home Arnheim was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Radford was a small village of people that gathered near the New River, a major draw to travelers for fresh water and food while traveling west; the town had a major population increase in 1854 when the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad came through. A large depot was placed at Lovely Mount because of its strategic positioning between the eastern and western parts of the state.
The actual station was not on Lovely Mountain, located on the southwestern side of town, but Lovely Mount was a known mountain and naming the station this would help people to remember the location of the depot. The Railroad Depot caused the population of Radford to boom, it caused a major increase in the amount of trade and business in the area. Radford became a railroad town; the original name for Radford was Lovely Mount because of the location of the depot. Radford, or at least the train station area, was called Central Depot because of its central location halfway between Lynchburg and Bristol, Virginia of the original railroad, the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. From 1900 to 1930, many companies came to Radford, including an ice company, a creamery, milling companies and preserving plants. In 1913, Radford was selected to become home to a women's college; the school would in 1924, become Radford College and in 1979 would be renamed Radford University. The presence of a college brought more attention to Radford, causing more population growth.
In 1940–1941 the US Military decided to build a manufacturing plant for gunpowder and other ammunition needed by the military. Thus the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, or the "Arsenal" as it would come to be called, joined the railroad and Lynchburg Foundry as major employers creating a huge influx in population. Many families moved to the area. Housing for the Arsenal was built in specific areas of town and these neighborhoods still exist today. Today these are Radford's main residential neighborhoods; the railroad ceased passenger service through Radford 1971 as personal transportation moved to the new interstate highway system and the airways. However, the railroad route through Radford is still a major component of Norfolk Southern Railway's Roanoke to Bristol route. But, Radford no longer needed the railroad passenger service to survive; the James Charlton Farm, Ingles Bottom Archeological Sites, Ingles Ferry are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Radford was the site of the August 15, 2012 Crumb and Get It bakery incident, in which a bakery owner declined to host a campaign event for then-Vice President Joe Biden, citing political differences.
The incident sparked a surge in business for the bakery. Glencoe Museum is located in west downtown Radford overlooking the New River; the house was built in 1870 in the 19th century Victorian style Second Empire, serves as a home for many artifacts concerning the beginnings of Radford. It was the postbellum home of Confederate Brigadier General Gabriel C. Wharton, it is a large, two-story, five bay, brick dwelling, had quite extensive grounds. The original house had a barn, chicken coop, smoke house, an ice house; the name Glencoe is thought to be inspired by Anne Wharton's ancestry. Her family was from Scotland; the house didn't appear on Radford's tax records until 1876, it took a long time to build a house of its size and grandeur in the 1800s. The house was kept in the family till 1996 when, after being deserted for 30 years, the house was given to the city of Radford; the house and grounds were donated by the Kollmorgen Motion Technology Group. The house was converted into a museum to show off pieces of history found in Radford.
There are many Native American artifacts in the museum that help us understand the New River's importance to the Native American culture and way of life. In Glencoe, a person can find some of the original blueprints for the city and pictures of Radford from the past. There is Local Sports History exhibit and an exhibit on how the river impacted life in Radford; the New River Exhibit includes a lot of information on ferries and other modes of transportation used on the river. Glencoe Museum is a popular attraction for school field trips and visitors who are trying to find out more about Radford, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Radford has four parks: Bisset Park, Wildwood Park, Riverview Park, Sunset Park. Radford has two movie theaters, the Glencoe Museum, a farmer's market. Bisset Park is the largest of the four parks, located on the New River, it stretches 57 acres. Bisset Park was named for David Bisset, a major contributor and overseer of parks and recreation in Radford.
Bisset Park is located in the center of town across from Wildwood Park. Sunset Park is located in the center
Elliston is a census-designated place in Montgomery County, United States. It lies between the city of Roanoke and the town of Christiansburg in the southwestern part of the state; the population as of the 2010 Census was 902. It is home to a small fire department, an elementary school, two gas stations, a train stop, several churches. Most of its residents commute to larger towns. A set of railroad tracks separates the northwestern part of the town from the rest. US highway 11-460 further divides the town into two distinct neighborhoods, "Oldtown," which formed along the Valley Road in the 1850s, "The Brake," a predominantly African-American area that developed after the Civil War. Known as Big Spring, the town's depot was an important stopping point on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad and the Norfolk and Western. In the late 1880s, investors hoped to create a large industrial and railroad center there, to be known as Carnegie City. Instead, the railroad chose the Roanoke County town of Big Lick Roanoke, as the location for its main shops.
The Barnett House, Big Spring Baptist Church, Pompey Callaway House and Madison Farm Historic and Archeological District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989
Shawsville is a census-designated place in Montgomery County, United States. The population was 1,310 at the 2010 census, it is part of the Blacksburg–Christiansburg–Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Montgomery County and the city of Radford. The town is near the site of Fort Vause, built in 1753 by Ephraim Vause, attacked and destroyed by Shawnee Indians on June 25, 1756, during the French and Indian War. An unknown number of people were killed and about 150 were taken prisoner at Fort Vause. A relief party led by Major Andrew Lewis arrived too late; the fort was rebuilt within months and inspected by General George Washington in October 1756 as part of his tour of frontier defenses. The Rife House, Shawsville Historic District, Walnut Grove Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shawsville is located at 37°10′24″N 80°14′55″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,029 people, 431 households, 299 families residing in the CDP.
The population density was 444.1 people per square mile. There were 443 housing units at an average density of 191.2/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.21% White, 1.07% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.49% from other races, 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population. There were 431 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.79. In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,953, the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $32,679 versus $19,783 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $27,174. About 6.9% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over. The community of Elliston-Lafayette is four miles east of Shawsville; the majority of US 460 between the communities is a straight stretch of road, not common in this area of Virginia, known locally as the Elliston Straightaway. During the 1990s, there was some minor controversy between Elliston and Shawsville about how far down the Elliston Straightaway would be the appropriate place for a "Welcome to Shawsville" sign; the sign was removed before being replaced. Additionally, the former Shawsville Elementary School building resides in 24087, the Elliston ZIP Code. Henry A. Edmundson, politician Mujaddid Ahmed Ijaz, nuclear physicist Madison Marye, politician Butch Taylor, Dave Matthews Band Jimmy Valiant, professional wrestler
Montgomery County, Virginia
Montgomery County is a county located in the Valley and Ridge area of the U. S. state of Virginia. As population in the area increased, Montgomery County was formed in 1777 from Fincastle County, which in turn had been taken from Botetourt County; as of the 2010 census, the population was 94,392. Its county seat is Christiansburg. Montgomery County is part of the Blacksburg–Christiansburg–Radford, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is dominated economically by the presence of Virginia Tech, Virginia's third largest public university, the county's largest employer. Montgomery County was established in 1777 from Fincastle County; the county is named for Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 389 square miles, of which 387 square miles is land and 2.2 square miles is water. The western part of the county is in the New River watershed. Craig County - Northeast Giles County - Northwest City of Radford - West Pulaski County - Southwest Floyd County - South Roanoke County - East Jefferson National Forest As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 94,392 people residing in the county.
87.6% were White, 5.4% Asian, 3.9% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% of some other race and 2.1% of two or more races. 2.7 % were Latino. As of the census of 2000, there were 83,629 people, 30,997 households, 17,203 families residing in the county; the population density was 215 people per square mile. There were 32,527 housing units at an average density of 84 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 90.00% White, 3.65% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 3.97% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, 1.53% from two or more races. 1.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 30,997 households out of which 25.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.80% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, 44.50% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.60% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the county, the population was spread out with 17.10% under the age of 18, 31.30% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, 8.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 110.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.90 males. The median income for a household in the county was $32,330, the median income for a family was $47,239. Males had a median income of $33,674 versus $23,555 for females; the per capita income for the county was $17,077. About 8.80% of families and 23.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over. Despite being in the Solid South, Montgomery County did not back Democratic candidates in the early 20th century, being a swing county from 1912 to 1940. From 1944 to 1988, the county was Republican, though the presence of a major university in Virginia Tech helped make the county more competitive to the Democratic Party towards the end of that streak.
It has since become a bellwether county, backing the national winner in every election from 1980 to 2008. In the two presidential elections since the county has backed the losing candidate, by narrow margins of 103 votes in 2012 & 562 votes in 2016. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Via College of Osteopathic Medicine New River Community College Blacksburg High School Christiansburg High School Auburn High School Eastern Montgomery High School Pathway Christian Academy Dayspring Christian Academy Blacksburg Christiansburg National Register of Historic Places listings in Montgomery County, Virginia
Christiansburg is a town in Montgomery County, United States. The population was 21,041 at the 2010 census, it is the county seat of Montgomery County. Christiansburg and Radford are the three principal municipalities of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses those municipalities and all of Montgomery County. In 1671, the New River – one of the world's oldest rivers – was discovered by early settlers of German, Scot-Irish and English descent. Along the river, there were several Native American encampments, conflicts were common between those tribes and the early settlers; as settlers began moving into present-day Christiansburg, they discovered that area was inhabited by Shawnee and other Native American tribes. In the late 1600s, Dutch priest Friar Hans arrived in the region, which led to the area being named Hans Meadow in the early 1700s. In the 18th century, the region was settled by Pennsylvania and eastern Virginia pioneers, in 1776, Montgomery County was formed out of Fincastle County.
The City of Radford, as well as parts of Floyd and Pulaski Counties, were all subsequently formed from Montgomery County land. The Town of "Christiansburgh" – as it was spelled – was named in honor of Colonel William Christian, an early settler in the region, one of the first justices of Fincastle County, a member of the Virginia Legislature and brother-in-law of Patrick Henry. Theodore Roosevelt, in The Winning of the West, wrote that Colonel Christian was a "noted Indian fighter" and a "very gallant and honorable man." A concentration of taverns and rest stops along the Great Wilderness Road, the original 1.1-square mile Town was established on November 10, 1792, by an act passed by the Virginia General Assembly. The Town of Christiansburg was incorporated on January 7, 1833. While not a full-time resident, George Washington was known to have visited Christiansburg during the early years of settlement. Frontiersman Daniel Boone resided in Town for a time, among records in the County Courthouse is a warrant dated 1774 for the arrest of Boone on a debt charge.
The warrant was issued under King George's name but marked "Not executed – Gone to Kentucky." The debt was repaid. Davy Crockett lived in Christiansburg and served as an apprentice to a local newspaper printer for a short time. Crockett worked at John Snider's Hattery Shop, located on W. Main Street, for 18 months. William Clark, of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, resided in Christiansburg, he lived in downtown Christiansburg in the existing house at 109 E. Main Street, known as the Montague home. Meriwether Lewis visited Christiansburg on occasion. Christiansburg experienced significant growth in the early 1800s, by 1840, the population had grown to 400. Most residential growth was confined to Cross Street. Several industrial complexes developed around the Gardner Zink Mill west of Town and the Chrisman Mill along Crab Creek; these two mills were responsible for the centralization of a number of area milling operations in the late 1700s. New streets were laid out during the early 1800s, additional construction included a number of churches and a public well and pumps, which were placed just north of the Courthouse in 1826.
Ten years a public privy was built near the public square, a new courthouse was constructed in March 1836 in the east corner of the public square. The Christiansburg Depot in the community of Cambria was established on the Virginia Tennessee Railroad line in 1854. Downtown Christiansburg was the site of the Lewis-McHenry Duel on May 9, 1808; the rifle duel between Thomas Lewis and John McHenry, which killed both men, led to the passage of the Barbour Bill in 1810, outlawing dueling in Virginia. Former Town resident Dr. John Floyd was the attending surgeon at the Lewis-McHenry duel and governor of Virginia, as well as a member of Congress, he was the father of John Buchanan Floyd, who served as governor of Virginia from 1849 to 1852. Pennsylvanian artist Lewis Miller was fascinated with Montgomery County's scenery, throughout the 1830s through the 1850s, he stayed in Christiansburg to depict Town scenes. After the Civil War, Miller retired to Christiansburg and spent his last 20 years living with relatives and friends.
The Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center, located at 300 Pepper Street SE, is named for him. Many men from the Christiansburg area served under General T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. Christiansburg was invaded several times by Union Forces operating under W. W. Averell, in 1864, the Union Army burned all of the Christiansburg Depot structures except the passenger station. Confederate forces were active within the Christiansburg area and occupied a number of buildings in and around the Town; the Lattimer Plantation, which once stood on the Christiansburg High School site, was used as a Confederate headquarters. The nearby Montgomery White Sulphur Springs resort in Ellett Valley was utilized as a hospital from 1861 to 1865. Near the end of the war, Union General George B. Stoneman and his men were in Christiansburg and had established headquarters in the Rice D. Montague home, which still stands at 109 E. Main Street, his men were stationed there when news came of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
Following the Civil War, the population of Christiansburg experienced a decline that continued throughout the 19th century. In 1870, there were 864 people in the Town, by 1900, there were only 659. Captain Charles S. Schaeffer, an agent of the Freedmen's Bureau
New Ellett, Virginia
New Ellett is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, United States. New Ellett is located on State Route 723 3.5 miles southeast of Blacksburg. The George Earhart House and Virginian Railway Underpass are listed on the National Register of Historic Places