Roanoke Star Bead in sterling silver designed exclusively by AmRhein's Fine Jewelry.
Since it's initial lighting in 1949, the 'World's Largest Man Made Star' has become a well-known symbol to the people of Roanoke and those who visit. This star inspired the phrase "Star City of the South" and serves as a welcome home beacon for several generations of Roanokers.
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Originally owned by Rankin Jewelry Company in Roanoke, the sidewalk clock stood in front of the business from 1931 until the early 1950s. City Manager Arthur Owens offered the clock to Vinton Mayor Nelson Thurman and it now stands proudly in the courtyard of the new municipal building.
The City of Salem, population 25,000, was the first settlement in the Roanoke Valley. Some say Salem's name is derived from "shalom," meaning peace. Others say it was named by an early settler, William Bryan, after his hometown in New Jersey. Archaeological evidence of Indian activity in Salem dates from 8,000 - 9,000 B.C. until the middle of the 18th century. The Tutelo Indian tribe is believed to have lived near the Roanoke River in the vicinity of what later became Salem. The founder of Salem was General Andrew Lewis. Lewis is buried in Salem, where a monument marks his grave. A statue of Lewis, one of six which surrounds the George Washington Monument, also stands in Richmond's Capitol Square.
The first pioneers explored the Roanoke Valley region as early as the 17th Century. An exploration party's report in 1671 told of the "blue mountains and a snug flat valley beside the upper Roanoke River." For the next 70 years, after this initial exploration, the region remained undisturbed by settlers.
As the land to the east of the mountains became developed, pioneers began moving into the western regions of Virginia. These early settlers from eastern Virginia were joined by people from Pennsylvania seeking new lands in the rich Shenandoah Valley. The newcomers began farming in the Roanoke Valley by 1740.
Lord Botetourt High School (LBHS) is one of two high schools in Botetourt County, Virginia. It was built in 1958, in suburban Daleville, Virginia, opening the fall of 1959. It currently has 73 faculty members serving over 1,000 students grades 9-12. LB, as it is commonly known, is named after Lord Botetourt, the governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770. LB's athletic teams are known as the "Cavaliers" and the school colors are Scarlet, Gray, White.
Lakeside Amusement Park was an amusement park located in Salem, Virginia. The park was named after a very large (300 feet long, 125 feet wide) swimming pool which was opened on the site in 1920. The pool was surrounded by a beach and quickly became a favorite summer retreat for residents of Roanoke and Salem. Amusement park rides were added to the facility within a few years of its opening with its most famous roller coaster named the Rebel Yell. The park also included a pavilion, which hosted celebrity concerts. Frequent performers included country artists Tom T. Halland Conway Twitty.
The Glenvar High School mascot comes from a proud Scottish tradition, signifying a brave warrior with the highest level of commitment to his community and kinsmen. Glenvar High School was opened in 1966 by Roanoke County public schools. Most, if not all, of the student body would previously have attended Andrew Lewis High School in Salem.
Franklin County High School is located in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Approximately 2300 students attend Franklin County High School, which was founded in 1950. Since its founding, Franklin County High School, commonly known as FCHS, has grown to the largest school in the state west of Richmond.
Cave Spring High School opened in 1956. In 1968, the high school was moved to its current site, while its original building became Cave Spring Junior High School, which would later become Cave Spring Middle School in 2002. Cave Spring held grades 10-12 for a large number of years until 2002, when it fed approximately half of its 10-12 population into Hidden Valley High School after it was completed and first opened. Cave Spring High School was also named as the #1 public high school in the Roanoke Valley by the Roanoker magazine in 2009 for academic performance.
The Appalachian Trail is one of the most iconic scenic hiking trails in the world and it has a number of access points in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Roanoke is actually the largest city located along the Appalachian Trail. At approximately 2,200 miles in length, the Appalachian Trail, or A.T., is revered among outdoor enthusiasts as a challenging and breathtaking path that provides one of the most unique nature experiences on earth. In Virginia's Blue Ridge, the Appalachian Trail follows a path parallel to Interstate 81 as it winds through large portions of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest.