Blacksburg

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Commercial block (1920).

Blacksburg is located in the far southwestern part of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. We were invited to attend the Bridal Shower for our daughter-in-law's sister that would take place in nearby Eggleston, Virginia. Blacksburg is the nearest sizeable town in which to stay. So, Susan and I headed down the Valley on Interstate I-81 on Friday morning. After passing Harrisonburg and Roanoke, we exited at Christianburg for Blacksburg by the afternoon. 

I had not visited Blacksburg before and had not been south of Harrisonburg for some time. Blacksburg is the home of Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). The university largely defines the town. It is by far its largest employer and the size of the student body nearly equals the town's population.

Thomas-Connor House (1882).
It was summer, so Virginia Tech was not in regular session. (When the university is is session it is nearly impossible to find a hotel room during a home football weekend.)

We had time to explore the downtown on Friday evening and Saturday morning. The Blacksburg Historic District is a National Register district encompassing most of the downtown area. We had dinner in a restuant that was once a 19th century church. Walking the downtown, we saw a variety of buildings ranging from the Greek Revival former church to Queen Anne style houses to an Art Deco bank from 1942. Returning on Saturday morning to tour the Alexander Black House museum (review) before heading to Eggleston, we found the Blacksburg Farmer's Market in progress.

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Commercial block (1920).
Commercial block (1920).
Thomas-Connor House (1882).
Thomas-Connor House (1882).
Thomas-Connor House (1882).
Thomas-Connor House (1882).
Lyric Theater (1930)
Lyric Theater (1930)
Old Town Hall (1920).
Old Town Hall (1920).
Christ Episcopal Church (1875).
Christ Episcopal Church (1875).
Slusser House (1920).
Slusser House (1920).
Odd Fellows Hall (1907).
Odd Fellows Hall (1907).
Blacksburg Farmers Market.
Blacksburg Farmer's Market.
Blacksburg Farmers Market.
Blacksburg Farmer's Market.
Blacksburg Farmers Market.
Blacksburg Farmer's Market.
Blacksburg Farmers Market.
Blacksburg Farmer's Market.
Blacksburg Farmers Market.
Blacksburg Farmer's Market.
Blacksburg Farmers Market.
Blacksburg Farmer's Market.
Downtown Blacksburg.
Downtown Blacksburg.
Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech.
Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech.
Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech.
Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech.
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Blacksburg
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