Washington Park Historic Marker
Since 1988, the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation
(RVPF) has been committed to educating the citizens of our community about the importance, value, and benefits of preservation and conservation. To serve this purpose, we offer a variety of programs, events, publications, and tours.
The Roanoke Valley Greenways Historic Trail Marker Program was inaugurated in May 2014, with the unveiling of three interpretive historic markers –the site of the American Viscose Corporation, the Norwich neighborhood, and Elmwood Park. Now, we plan to expand this program with a fourth marker, at Washington Park, which lies at the corner of Orange Avenue and Burrell Street.
This sign will interpret the history of the circa 1840 structure that still stands in the park. While there have been many stories related to this property, its history has not been definitively told in a manner that will inform the community of its significance.The house is thought to be one of the oldest surviving structures in the City of Roanoke, and may be associated with the Evans family and their mill. The existing structure is in poor condition, and may not survive much longer. With the City’s current improvements to Washington Park, the RVPF feels that it is an opportune time to promote awareness and appreciation of this building,in the hope that it can be preserved.
Downtown Roanoke Walking Tour Brochure
Over the years, we have gotten many requests for information about historic buildings in downtown Roanoke, so in 2015 we created a new version of our Walking Tour Brochure. The new design incorporates brighter colors, more information, and more historic photographs. It has been available for download through our website since its unveiling, while printing has waited on a sponsor. Once printed, copies will be available at the Roanoke Visitor Center.