Lost Communities of Virginia

Backroads of Southwest Virginia Driving Tour

Virginia's back roads and rural areas are dotted with traces of once-thriving communities. General stores, train depots, schools, churches, banks, and post offices provide intriguing details of a way of life now gone.  The newest Lost Communities of Driving Tour gives people the opportunity to explore a sampling of Virginia’s back roads in Carroll, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Wythe Counties.  Enjoy seeing mountain views, iron furnaces, agricultural landscapes, historic churches and cemeteries, and general stores; browse historic downtowns; hike trails like the New River Trail; listen to music of the Crooked Road. This route is designed as a loop so that people can jump on the route from a multitude of locations.

The brochure is available at tourism outlets in Carroll, Montgomery, and Wythe Counties or at our office at 101 South Main Street, Blacksburg.

Download a full-size (28"x19") interactive PDF copy of the brochure. (Note: For best results, download the PDF file and use Adobe Acrobat Reader) Click on communities and points of interest on the map to link to their descriptions in the text. Click on URLs in the text to learn more about points of interest:

LostCommunitiesofVirginiaBackroadsOfSWVABrochure.pdf

Download the brochure as 16 (8.5" x 11") pages that can be printed and assembled into a full-size copy of the brochure on your home printer:

Lost Communities of Virginia Backroads of Southwest Virginia Driving Tour Brochure for Printing at Home

For more information, contact Elizabeth Gilboy at.540-231-5644 or email egilboy@vt.edu.