New River Valley, VA – Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Virginia’s New River Valley, a hidden gem awaits history buffs, art enthusiasts, and casual observers alike – a vibrant tapestry of murals and wall art that breathes life into the region’s communities. From the historic streets of the City of Radford to the charming corners of Pulaski County, these artistic expressions tell stories, evoke emotions, and celebrate the unique spirit and history of the NRV. These artworks honor each county’s heritage while adding a modern feel to its growing culture.
Embraced by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Floyd County showcases murals that echo the area’s musical heritage and craft traditions. Tucked between Main Street and the farmers market, you can find a mural that spans the entire side of a building that features a woman working on a quilted patchwork that makes up the fields and mountains of Floyd County. Red Rooster Coffee’s red rooster welcomes everyone to experience the wonders of Floyd as you enter the town. Placed onto the sides of buildings and widow panes, you can see Floyd’s connection to its roots and its history.
Giles County, nestled along the New River, boasts murals that reflect the region’s outdoor spirit. Nature-inspired artworks celebrate the scenic beauty that defines the county, while showcasing a commitment to environmental stewardship. Driving into Pearisburg from route 100 you can see a beautiful scene that welcomes you to the town that features butterflies and the New River. Traveling further on to Narrows, there a several murals around the town park and downtown. Near the farmers market area stands a majestic blue jay speaking to Giles County’s love of the outdoors.
Montgomery County, home to Virginia Tech, combines academic innovation with artistic expression. Colorful murals adorn brick facades, showcasing the area’s rich history and the dynamic energy of its residents. From sassy sophisticated cats, pet murals, and historic railroad renditions; there is a little bit of art on sidewalks and buildings around the county. Follow their public art trail here.
As Pulaski County continues to innovate their industrial roots, the murals and art renditions around the county celebrate their heritage while adding a contemporary flair to its evolving identity. From historical Coca-Cola advertisements that adorn brick walls to the new Pulaski collaborations with local businesses and college students to the mural featured at the Draper Mercantile, each piece pays homage to the hardworking spirit of Pulaski County.
The small-town charm of Radford City is enhanced by the magical New River that flows through it. Take a drive down Main Street and you’ll find yourself immersed in a kaleidoscope of colors; each stroke contributing to the narrative of the New River Valley. Antique advertisements on brick walls tell stories that transcend time and connect the vibrant present to the echoes of history. The bricks speak of a time when Cubanola Cigars were 5 cents and R.S Carson was the prescription druggist. Wander into one or two of the shops that adorn Radford’s Main Street and you will find new and old murals on the inside of the buildings that speak of the rich history that fills this city.
Together, these communities form a vibrant tapestry of art, with each mural telling a unique story of the people, history, and natural beauty that define Virginia’s New River Valley. As you wander through the streets of Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, and the City of Radford, let the colors on the walls guide you through a visual journey of community pride and shared identity.
Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”
Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.