Couple of big changes on Floyd’s Main Street

  Changes on the surface and internally on two long-time institutions along Main Street in Floyd this weekend. Blue Ridge Restaurant is now Blue Ridge Cafe. ┬áSale of the long-time eatery closed on Tuesday of this week and artist/sign master Greg Locke painted the new name on the windows this week. Whittney Petersen bought the […]

A tale of two communities along the New River Trail

[slide] Fries bills itself as the town at the start of the New River Trail but the Commonwealth of Virginia’s web site for Virginia State Parks considers 5.5 mile stretch that runs from Fries a “branch” of the main trail that it says runs 51.5 miles from Galax to Pulaski. Maybe that’s one of the […]

Ghosts of Danville

[slide] Like too many towns in Virginia’s economically-ravaged Southside, Danville’s downtown is largely a ghost town, dominated by empty buildings and remnants of past glories. On a recent motorcycle ride to North Carolina, I rode through Danville and stopped to walk around the mostly-deserted downtown. It was a far cry from the Danville I remembered […]