Incredible Scenery, Abundant Wildlife, Historical Heritage!
Montgomery County, located in the New River Valley of the Commonwealth of Virginia, encompasses 389-square miles of spectacular mountain vistas, cascading rivers, dense forests, and rolling farmlands. The hospitable county residents invite visitors to explore the extraordinary natural beauty, historical significance and diverse culture of Montgomery County’s part of scenic Southwestern Virginia.
Formed in 1776, the county was named in honor of General Richard Montgomery, a beloved hero of the American Revolution as well as the French and Indian Wars. History buffs and anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating history of the settlement of Montgomery County and its role in the Civil War will enjoy touring the Blacksburg Historic District in Blacksburg and the Cambria and East Main Historic Districts in Christiansburg. The 1540-acre Ingles Bottom Archeological Site located near the Kentland Farm Historic and Archeological District and the 1150-acre Madison Farm Historic, and Archeological Districts in Montgomery County are also prominently acknowledged in the National Register of Historic Places. For more information regarding sites of historic significance in Montgomery County, contact the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia, PO Box 3877, Wise, Virginia, 24293.
Montgomery Museum And Lewis Miller Regional Art Center
Located at 300 South Pepper Street in Christiansburg, Virginia, the Montgomery Museum is housed in a splendid old building that was once used as a manse for the Presbyterian Church of Christiansburg. Today the stately structure houses an extensive collection of historic and contemporary art, artifacts, photographs and documents focused on the history of Montgomery County and Southwestern Virginia. The Regional Art Center hosts an exhibit featuring the life and work of renowned folk artist Lewis Miller. The Montgomery Museum notes, “The exhibit will focus on Miller’s visits to the New River Valley (beginning in 1831) and his residence in Christiansburg from the 1870s until his death in 1882. Lewis Miller’s sketches capture the personality of people and places he saw with wry wit and captivating detail. “They are true sketches,” he wrote late in life, “I myself being there upon the places and spot.” The exhibit will run from April 2013 – December 2013 at the museum.” For lovers of Appalachian folk art, this is an exhibit you won’t want to miss. For more information call (540) 382-5644.
Montgomery County Courthouse
Many visitors to Montgomery County seek to trace their ancestral roots. The courthouse is treasure-trove of genealogy information including marriage certificates, property deeds, wills and miscellaneous court document dating back to 1773. For more information contact Clarence Worrell, Circuit Court Clerk of Montgomery County, 1 East Main Street, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073 or call (504) 382-5760.
Christiansburg Aquatic Center
Located in Christiansburg, the Christiansburg Aquatic Center is a premier swimming, rehabilitation and therapy facility that includes a 50-meter competition pool with diving platforms. The family leisure pool has a beach entry, a triple loop water slide and a dramatic fountain with spray features.
Are you travel-weary and crave a soak in a hot tub? Would the children like a stop at a fun waterpark? Cool off, get some exercise, rest or relax at the aquatic center. There are 1,000 seats for spectators, state of the art locker rooms, showers and spa amenities. The spacious observation deck and outdoor sun deck are an excellent place to unwind and relax. Catch up on your e-mail with free Wi-Fi. One of the best values in the county, admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for children. For hours and more information, write Christiansburg Aquatic Center, 595 North Franklin Street, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073 or call (540) 381-7665.
Festivals And Celebrations
Throughout the year, Montgomery County hosts a wide variety of colorful celebrations, feasts, festivals and fairs. If you love lively mountain music, like to shop for local arts and crafts or just want to view all the parades, exhibits, displays and completions while munching on delectable local fare, be sure to mark your calendar to include these family-fun events.
Festival For The Arts
Silver Springs Festival For The Arts, held in May in Silver Springs recognizes the photography, art and sculpture of local and regional artists. Look for a one-of-a-kind treasure amongst the huge offering of baskets, quilts, pottery, jewelry, musical instruments and woodcarvings.
Sugarloaf Craft Festival
The Sugarloaf Craft Festival, held in Gaithersburg, is a gathering or artisans in oil, leather, clay, wood, metal, glass and other mixed medias. Montgomery County artists are featured. Listen to mountain music, taste scrumptious local delicacies, shop for art, antiques and collectibles while enjoying the friendly atmosphere and amenities of historic Gaithersburg.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
Residents and visitors alike look forward all year to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Held in August the fair features local agricultural exhibits, exciting mid-way rides, games, and fun for the whole family. Arts, crafts, music, completions and sumptuous food add to the entertainment. There will be an antiques and collectibles show, a giant fairgrounds flea market and talent and music shows to perk everyone’s curiosity.
Lion’s Club Craft Fair
In December the Christiansburg Lion’s Club host a craft fair offering holiday decorations, gifts and fresh baked pies, cookies and pastries.
There is always a fun event or celebration going on somewhere in Montgomery County. From bluegrass music jamborees, horse shows, truck pulls and barbecues to wine and farm tours and church picnics, visitors are always welcome. For a complete calendar of events happening in Montgomery County, contact Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 103 Professional Park Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060 or call (540) 552-2636 or (540) 552-2639.