A History of Success
Blacksburg has always been a community that places emphasis on the preservation and reuse of historic buildings. Over the past decade major steps have been taken to expand upon the town’s rich history and cultural heritage by bringing active use and programming to many of these spaces. The Town owns a number of historic properties, many of which have been renovated and either used for municipal services or leased to other entities. The following are examples of those success stories.
In addition to historic preservation, promotion and cultivation of the arts is paramount. To that end, Blacksburg has designated a section of its downtown as an Arts and Cultural District, which includes an artist live/work/sell component, allowing the Town to offer incentives for arts based businesses and entrepreneurs.
Existing venues such as the Lyric Theatre, the Armory Art Gallery, Theatre 101, the Farmers Market, Center for the Arts, Haymarket Theatre, and many arts-related businesses and galleries in downtown Blacksburg provide a strong foundation for this growth. The Alexander Black House will be a venue where history is preserved and the arts are celebrated through exhibits and special programming.