Overview of Blacksburg
Blacksburg, VA is an incorporated town in Montgomery County in the southwest region of the state. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 42,600 residents live in Blacksburg, and more than 28,500 students are on campus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. People looking for Blacksburg apartments for rent will find a thriving college town with a rich history.
Living in Blacksburg, VA
Blacksburg was settled in the 1750s as part of the Great Migration. The site was chosen because of the area's fertile land and numerous springs. Approximately 20 years later, a purchaser, Samuel Black, bought one lot in the area that encompassed hundreds of acres. His son later built a grid of streets, creating what is now known as "The Old Sixteen Squares." Many of Blacksburg's early structures and the layout of the original streets are in existence today, serving as a glimpse into Blacksburg's past.
Blacksburg is committed to preserving its past and was a founding member of the New River Heritage Coalition. The town is also focused on growing the arts, and requested permission from the Virginia General Assembly to create an arts and cultural district. Blacksburg is also a collaborative partner with Virginia Tech's Arts Initiative.
Blacksburg Attractions and Special Events
Residents and visitors enjoy sightseeing at many historical sites in Blacksburg. These include “Sixteen Squares”, Historic Smithfield Plantation, The Huckleberry Trail, Solitude, and the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech.
Many residents make use of the programs and athletics offered to the community by Virginia Tech. The college invites the community to attend popular vocal ensembles, art exhibitions and impressive theater shows. The college is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and residents have their choice of cheering for 21 Hokie sports teams.
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