The start of the fall semester also signals the beginning of college football in Blacksburg, Virginia. The city is home to the Virginia Tech Hokies and is buzzing with alumni pride especially on game day Saturdays. Most visitors to Blacksburg come to catch a game on Lane Stadium but that’s not all that this small college town in southwest Virginia offers. Buildings with well-preserved architecture and specialty exhibits or a large curated outdoor garden are a just a few places to consider. Start planning where to stay on your weekend in Blacksburg and see what this southwest Virginia college town has to offer.
A Weekend in Blacksburg, Virginia
Who would have thought that right on the edge of America’s first established state, you’ll find a well-restored 1920’s theatre? Images of vaudeville and silent films instantly come to mind when you first visit the Lyric Theatre during your weekend in Blacksburg. Marvel at its Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, designed by local Roanoke architect Louis Phillipe Smithey. Be in awe of the original 1930 tapestries and replica lanterns. Visitors will find themselves going back in time as they enter the restored lobby and auditorium. The theatre you see today opened in 1930 and was one of the few cinemas in the country to offer pictures with sound. Nowadays, the Lyric is a premiere destination for visitors and students looking to watch independent films and live musical performances.
Virginia certainly has its share of prominent families — from the descendants of the five presidents born in the state to numerous political families who ended up winning gubernatorial and state legislative seats. One of those families is the Prestons of Virginia whose Historic Smithfield plantation stands just outside the city of Blacksburg. The plantation was bequeathed to the Preston family by the British crown in 1755. Those spending a weekend in Blacksburg can book a tour of the house that served as the birthplace for two of Virginia’s governors. You can also learn about the history of the Preston family whose legacy includes the foundation of several universities including Virginia Tech.
Hahn Horticulture Garden
One of the best free attractions to visit when spending the weekend in Blacksburg is the Hahn Horticulture Garden, located on the campus of Virginia Tech. For over three decades, the garden serves as a learning resource on plants, landscaping concepts and environmental awareness for students and the local community. The garden features hundreds of species of woody and herbaceous plants from around the world. It also has a xeriphytic garden that contains desert plants.