This year Virginia Main Street celebrates the program’s 25th anniversary of restoring and revitalizing historic downtowns throughout the Commonwealth.
Virginia is home to 21 Virginia Main Street communities, where local organizations develop and promote the area’s history, heritage and culture in the traditional downtown area. The program is run by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.
To help celebrate the Virginia Main Street 25th anniversary, the DHCD has identified “25 Treasures of Main Street,” a list representing the best of what can be found downtown in Virginia.
“Each community in the Main Street program has a unique set of assets that make it special and not just to those who live there, but to visitors as well,” said DHCD Director Bill Shelton. “We’ve identified Twenty-five Treasures of Main Street as a way to spark plans for a day trip or a weekend getaway and encourage all to discover a new destination.”
“Today’s families lead generally busy and even hectic lives,” said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “A day on Main Street helps you reconnect with the ones you love in a friendly, hospitable atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy the best things in life.”
Virginia’s revitalized downtown areas are important tourism attractions where visitors and locals alike can shop, dine, browse and relax. Alive with arts, culture, farmers markets, old country stores and old-fashioned charm, visitors seeking an authentic and memorable experience know to look for a Virginia Main Street community. Each of which is designated with a special Virginia Main Street symbol in the Virginia Travel Guide.
Below are the 25 Treasures of Main Street created by DHCD.
25 Treasures of Main Street
Three national landmark showplaces
- Barter Theatre, Abingdon
- Lincoln Theatre, Marion
- Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton
Five top spots for arts and crafts
- Fire House Gallery and Shop, Berryville
- Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas
- Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg
- The Prizery, South Boston
- William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon
Six historical highlights
- Schwartz Tavern, Blackstone
- A.P. Hill Boyhood Home, Culpeper
- James Madison Museum, Orange
- Waynesboro Heritage Museum
- Old Jail Museum, Warrenton
- Bedford Museum and Geneaological Library
Five historic hotels for a night’s rest
- Martha Washington Inn and Spa, Abingdon
- Mimslyn Inn, Luray
- George Washington Hotel, Winchester
- Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton
- General Francis Marion Hotel, Marion
Four Riverfront Parks
- English Park, Altavista
- Barretts Landing Riverfront Park, Franklin
- Radford’s Bissett Park
- Lynchburg’s James River Heritage Trail Riverwalk
Two standout claims
- The Big Chair, Martinsville
- Gateway to the Crooked Road, Rocky Mount