Taking in the Arts

While you’re going to Town, make sure you take the opportunity to explore Montgomery County’s fantastic public art! Whether you’re exploring Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg or strolling Christiansburg’s Downtown, beautiful murals and sculptures abound!

Visit the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market and take in the stunning mural in the square! Created by artists Michael St. Germain and Chris Pritchett, the mural depicts different periods of history in Blacksburg in transportation and agriculture.

Market Square Park Mural
A mural in downtown Blacksburg commemorates the local Farmers' Market. Virginia Tourism Corporation

After visiting the Market, you may notice some beautiful art right underneath your feet! The Blacksburg Stormwater Public Arts Project started in 2018 with the mission to educate citizens on the importance of making sure nothing but rain goes down storm drains in an effort to reduce surface pollution. Currently, nine storm drains have been painted as part of the project. Can you find them all?

In an effort to encourage ecological responsibility, Blacksburg has painted storm drains with murals. "Nothing but rain down the drain." Virginia Tourism Corporation

Next, head to Christiansburg to see their newest mural! Located in Historic Cambria, the new mural depicts the many charming characteristics of the area, including the depot and train. Afterwards, be sure to walk by Cambria Station Antiques and Cottage Farms General Store to see the additional public art in the area!

Cambria Mural - A work in progress

If you are a true Hokie fan, take a day and track down as many Hokie Birds as you can find! Located all over campus, Blacksburg, and even Christiansburg, the Hokie Bird statues are hand painted and entirely unique—you’ll never find two that are alike! These Hokie Birds have been around since 2006 and offer a fun, additional activity as you explore town.

For an interactive map with the locations even more public art, click here!

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Come to the Blacksburg Community Center on Monday, January 29th from 4:30-8:30pm to learn more about the NRV Passenger Rail Project and share your input!

This project will bring passenger rail service to the region for the first time since 1979! 😮

In addition, a survey will be open from January 29th-February 28th for community members to share their priorities for the project.

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Have you visited the Montgomery County Coal Mining Heritage Park? ⚒️🌿 Located along the Huckleberry Trail between Christiansburg and Blacksburg, the park offers a 1.5 mile loop trail and the opportunity to learn more about the historic Merrimac mining community, which was in operation until 1935.

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Happy 2024! 🎉 If your resolutions include being more active, we've got plenty of outdoor options to help you get out and explore! 🚵‍♀️

Pictured: Pandapas Pond, Jefferson National Forest

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Happy Holidays! 🎄 Wishing you safe travels in Montgomery County and beyond. We'll look forward to seeing you again in 2024 for new adventures! ✈️⁠
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