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Historic Christiansburg Walking Tour

Montgomery County is located in the New River Valley area of southwest Virginia. Christiansburg, the county seat, was established in 1792. Christiansburg is laid out in a courthouse square plan with Main Street and Franklin Street intersecting at a public square. The Christiansburg Downtown Historic District encompasses the historic governmental, institutional, and commercial core of the town along with its town square and associated monuments. The collection of historic properties within the district is illustrative of towns that served as the seat of both government and commerce in the region from the mid-nineteenth through mid-twentieth centuries.

  • 1.

    Courthouse Eagle

    Courthouse Eagle

    This eagle sculpture once capped the dome of the 1909 county courthouse. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 2.

    Proffitt Building

    Proffitt Building

    This 1933 building has modest Art Deco style details. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 3.

    S. G. Wimmer Building

    S. G. Wimmer Building

    Built in 1948, the Wimmer Building housed a number of businesses. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 4.

    Brown's Drug Store Building

    Brown's Drug Store Building

    This yellow brick Commercial Style building was built in 1900. (Photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 5.

    Barnes-Surface Motor Co. & Virginia Inn Hotel

    Barnes-Surface Motor Co. & Virginia Inn Hotel

    Built in 1919 and 1920, the buildings were expanded to 3 stories in 1922 (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 6.

    Main Street Baptist Church

    Main Street Baptist Church

    The Gothic Revival sanctuary of Main Street Baptist was built in 1909. (photo D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 7.

    Confederate Memorial and Constitution Oak

    Confederate Memorial and Constitution Oak

    The Memorial was placed in 1883 and Oak planted in 1902. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 8.

    Phlegar Building

    Phlegar Building

    Built in 1812 for the county clerk, it was expanded about 1899. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 9.

    Shelton and Walters Building

    Shelton and Walters Building

    Built in 1915, this Commercial Style building is typical of that time. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 10.

    Zirkle Building

    Zirkle Building

    This Commercial Style building was built in 1910. (Photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 11.

    Christiansburg Presbyterian Church and Manse

    Christiansburg Presbyterian Church and Manse

    The Greek Revival church was built in 1853; the manse next door in 1876. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 12.

    Pepper House (Montgomery Museum)

    Pepper House (Montgomery Museum)

    The Montgomery Museum's c. 1852 brick building offers history and art exhibits. (photo by Bill Poff)

  • 13.

    Town Square Markers and Memorials

    Town Square Markers and Memorials

    The 1790s town plan featured the courthouse at the center of the square. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 14.

    Christiansburg Post Office

    Christiansburg Post Office

    The 1937 Colonial Revival post office has an Art Deco interior mural. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 15.

    First National Bank

    First National Bank

    Built in 1905, the building was remodeled in the Art Deco style in 1937. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 16.

    Furniture Building

    Furniture Building

    A furniture store since 1911, this building was remodeled c. 1960. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

  • 17.

    Taylor Office Building

    Taylor Office Building

    This modest, c.1870 Classical Revival building housed law offices. (photo: D. D. Lester Collection)

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