Memorial Statue & Mary Draper Ingles Cultural Heritage Park
An exquisite bronze statue by artist Matt Langford stands watch on the grounds of Glencoe Mansion overlooking the New River. Park also includes contemporary sculpture and historic interpretative signage. Future plans call for a train observatory.
601 Unruh Drive, Radford, VA 24141
Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery
Situated in an elegant 1870 Victorian mansion, Glencoe Museum explores the heritage of Radford and the New River Valley. The museum highlights the contributions of Native Americans and early settlers such as Mary Draper, the daughter of Scots Irish immigrants, who was captured by the Shawnee and taken to Ohio. She escaped and walked more than 500 miles to return to her husband, William Ingles. The exhibitions explore industries, and the influence of the river and rail transportation on the settling of the region, and also features an art gallery with rotating exhibits from regional artists Facility is headquarters to the Radford Visitors Center and a well-stocked gift shop.
600 Unruh Dr, Radford, VA 24141
Walk to Freedom: The Mary Draper Ingles Story
A new play about the American frontier heroine, this outdoor drama runs each year at Nesselrod Bed and Breakfast’s historic Amphitheater. Both Pavilion Dinner/Play and General Admission Play Only Tickets Available.
2018 Performance Dates
June 22, 23 & 24
July 13, 14 & 15
July 27, 28 & 29
The Homestead of William and Mary Ingles is still a working farm today. Features a replica of Mary’s cabin and views of the New River where the family ran a ferry that allowed settlers to continue their journeys during the Great Westward Migration. Open periodically for special events that include colonial life demonstrations.
9 Wilderness Rd, Radford, VA 24141
Obelisk at West View Cemetery
Erected in 1909, the 22-ft monument is constructed of chimney stones from the original Ingles Farm cabin.
1500 Fifth St, Radford, VA 24141
U.S. Post Office Mural - "The Return of Mary Draper Ingles"
This artwork was commissioned by The Fine Arts Section of the U.S. Treasury Department under the New Deal programs.
“The Return of Mary Draper Ingles,” oil on canvas painted in 1942 by Alexander B. Clayton
901 W. Main Street, Radford
Mary Draper Ingles Trail (MIT)
Hikers can retrace Mary’s return to the New River Valley on a trail that runs along the New River between Glen Lyn and Shumate Falls. In 2017 the trail was designated part of the Great Eastern Trail, a 1,800-mile hiking route running between northern Alabama and western New York.
200 Campground Drive, Glen Lyn, VA 24090
Wilderness Road Regional Museum
This historic building, operated by the New River Historical Society, features displays that trace the history of the road, which played a major role in American expansion and commerce. There are also changing exhibits on a variety of subjects as well as a rich repository of primary research documents and a museum store.
5240 Wilderness Road, Dublin, VA 24084
Historic Smithfield Plantation
Built in 1774, Smithfield was the home of Revolutionary War patriot William Preston. The home, designed in the Tidewater plantation style, provided a haven of aristocratic elegance and became the social and political center of this frontier region. The site features costumed interpreters, heirloom gardens, special events and a museum store.
1000 Smithfield Plantation Blvd, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Giles County Historical Society
The organization operates the Andrew Johnston House, a 19th Century Georgian manor that features period furniture, Civil War memorabilia, Native American artifacts and a gift shop. A part-time genealogist and a professional librarian staff a small research center.
208 N. Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134
Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center
Located in the old Manse of the Christiansburg Presbyterian Church, this facility features regional historical displays, rotating local artwork and many special events. The museum’s library includes an archive of books, documents, genealogical information and photographs useful to researchers.
300 Pepper Street SE, Christiansburg, VA 24073
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Floyd Historical Society
Housed in the first hospital in Floyd, the museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits on local history as well as a library for genealogy research.
217 N. Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
U.S. Post Office Mural - "Great Road"
U. S. Post Office Mural—This artwork was commissioned by The Fine Arts Section of the U.S. Treasury Department under the New Deal programs.
“Great Road,” oil on canvas painted by John W. de Groot in 1939
Christiansburg Post Office, 2 E. Main Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073
Voices from the Garden: Virginia Women's Monument Commission
The Monument is to Honor: Virginia Women who Contributed to Virginia's History Over Four Centuries
Capitol Square, Richmond, VA 23219
Draper Hall & Ingles Hall
Located on the Radford University campus, these residence halls honor the Draper and Ingles families.