My Town – Roanoke, Virginia

Today, I’m joining Centsational Girl’s Linky party…


View from Mill Mountain via Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

I live in Roanoke, Virginia.  It’s a mid-size town in Southwest Virginia.  There are a lot of great things about Roanoke.  We are in a valley right along the Appalachian Trail and along the Blue Ridge Parkway which means we are surrounded by beautiful mountains.

We are knows as the “Star City of the South” because of the huge neon start that sits atop Mill Mountain and overlooks the City of Roanoke.   It’s not just any star, it’s the world’s largest man-made star.

It was usually all white, but after 9/11 they changed it to red, white, and blue and it remains that way now. 

I can see the Star out of my bedroom window every night.  After a trip out of town, it’s always a welcoming sign that we are home. 

That’s not the only great neon we have though.  There are two vintage signs that were refurbished a few years ago that also stand over Roanoke.  The H&C Coffee sign and the Dr. Pepper sign.  They are pretty awesome.

Another thing I love here in Roanoke, which by the way was originally named Big Lick (that makes me giggle when I say it…just imagine the looks you would get if you said you were from Big Lick, Virginia, with Southern accent and all…haha), is the Historic City Market.

Must have been a weekday, on the weekends this place is packed!

The Historic Roanoke City Market (popularly known as the Farmer’s Market) is the oldest continuously operating open-air market in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It began in 1882, when licenses were issued to 25 area “Hucksters” (vendors). The market area has since gained popularity for its amazing selection of locally grown plants, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Be sure to stop by and visit the market area’s oldest continuous vendor, Martin’s Plant Farm. The Martin’s have had a presence at the market since 1904! ~ Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

I love going down on Saturday mornings, the busiest day, and getting fresh fruits and veggies and seeing all the art. 

This guy is my favorite.  He’s got the best peaches that they pick that morning before coming to the market.  Always a friendly smile and hello.

And this wonderful lady with her beautiful day lilies every year.  She passed away this past January, but it is nice to see that her grandson is carrying on the tradition.

Well, these are just a few things I love about Roanoke.  Come for a visit some time!

What are some your favorite things about your town?



6 thoughts on “My Town – Roanoke, Virginia

  1. Roanoke is a great town! We don't get there as often as I'd like, but we always enjoy it when we do. Your city market is a favorite spot for us and my husband always likes to stop in at Fretmill when we are there.

  2. Thank you for sharing what you like about Roanoke, VA. My daughter just visited from NC her best friend that lives in Roanoke and had their picture taken up at the star and another shot of them with the city sky line behind them. I have never visited long enough to do much site seeing. I will tag along next time.Blessings, Teresa

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