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A Brief History and Look Into Blacksburg, VA

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This article is brought to you by the work abuse lawyers in Blacksburg. Get to know the history of Blacksburg and its many points of interest.

Short History of Blacksburg

Blacksburg is an incorporated town in the county of Montgomery, Virginia. Dominated economically and demographically by Virginia Tech, it has a population of 42,629 as of the 2010 census. The area in which the present day Blacksburg sits was previously home to native inhabitants of the Siouan-speaking tribes, Monacan and Moneton, before it was colonized by the English from 1671 to 1771. In 1772, Samual Black purchased 600 acres of land on the Draper's Meadow area for his two sons, John and William. When Black died in 1792, the land was divided into two sections – John Black's property became the central campus of Virginia Tech, and William Black's property became Blacksburg.

In 1797, William Black laid out 16 blocks of streets and lots on a portion of his land. The area was bounded by Draper Rd., Jackson St., Wharton St., and Clay St. On January 13, 1798, the 38.75-acre tract that he laid out was officially established as Blacksburg. Almost a century later, the village of Blacksburg was incorporated in 1871. The following year, the Virginia land-grant university, the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College opened its door. The university was annexed into the town in the 1970s and increased its population from 9,000 to 30,000 people. As of the 2009 census, there was a total of 39,573 people, 13,162 households and 4,777 families living in the town.

Virginia Tech

Previously known as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univerity, Virginia Tech was established on June 20, 1872. Offering 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, it is second in the Commonwealth of Virginia and 48th among universities in the nation for research expenditures. In 2021, the university was tied four number 74th overall among national universities for the U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Colleges. The school is home to seven research institutes, including:

  • Fralin Life Science Institute
  • Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology
  • Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science
  • Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment
  • Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Hume Center for National Security and Technology

International campuses are also situated in the Dominican Republic and Europe. In 2007, 32 people died and 17 people were injured in the Virginia Tech shooting. To date, it is the deadliest mass shooting to occur on a college campus.


Located just outside of Blacksburg, the Smithfield plantation house was built by Col. William Preston from 1772 to 1774. Part of the 120,000 acres granted to James Patton by the British Crown, the house was the birthplace for former Virginia Governors James Patton Preston and John B. Floyd. In 1959, the property was acquired by Preservation Virginia as a gift from Janie Preston Boulware Lamb. With help from the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, the property was restored and made public in 1964. From April through the first week of December, tours of the plantation are available to visitors.

Points of Interest

Once done exploring the University of Virginia and Smithfield Plantation, visitors to Blacksburg can check out other points of interest located in the town. These attractions are 16 Squares, Alexander Black House, Armory Art Gallery, Blacksburg Famers Market, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hahn Horticulture Garden, Huckleberry Trail, Lyric Theatre, Moss Arts Center, and the Municipal Caboose Park. The town also hosts annual events for the community, such as the International Street Fair, the town's first annual street festival Steppin' Out, the Draper Mile Run, Summer Solstice Fest, Sustainability Week, and the Winter Lights Festival.

You can also learn about a History of Lynchburg, Virginia.

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