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.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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!