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These 25 Towns In Virginia Have The Best Main Streets You Gotta Visit

There was a time when “Main Street” was the lifeline of a community and the center of social and economic life. As urban sprawl has taken over and suburbs have become the norm in many places, “Main Streets” have all to often been lost in the shuffle.

In 1985, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development launched the Virginia Main Street Program in an effort to restore these essential community lifelines. Today, 30 years later, the program has adopted 25 communities, investing millions of dollars to revitalize downtown areas, preserve historical architecture and create jobs to boost local economies. Preservation Virginia, a non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation in the state, reports that 11,908 net new jobs have been created by Virginia Main Street businesses, roughly 3,365 net new businesses have formed and more than $1.2 billion has been invested, with the majority coming from the private sector.  The impact of these efforts are immense and nearly immeasurable in their ongoing impact. 

Here’s a complete list of the Virginia’s Main Street communities (in alphabetical order) and why you won’t want to miss them.

While your town may or may not be on this list, I’m sure there are many other Main Streets out there that are well worth the visit. Do you have a favorite downtown, historic district of “main” street in Virginia? We would love to hear about them in the comments below!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.