Radford is a medium-size university city in Virginia that in mid-19th century grew from a small village near the New River. The town experienced a boom when a railway depot was constructed in what was then called Lovely Mount. The name was changed to Radford in 1891. Many beautiful homes that were built during that time are still standing in what is today’s historic Radford downtown. Radford is home to the famous Pete Dye River Course golf course, also a popular wedding destination. Former home of the General Gabriel C. Wharton is today a Glencoe house museum. Radford has several beautiful parks, including Wildwood Park with a range of hiking and biking trails and plenty of wildlife.
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Wildwood Park is a city greenway in the heart of Radford, Virginia, designed to provide green space for recreation and nature study. This 50-acre wooded valley in the mountains of southwest Virginia includes a stream known as Connelly's Run, marshy areas, meadows, and rugged limestone cliffs with tufa formations. There is a bikeway that runs through the valley and a network of hiking trails on both sides of the park. The park has a long and interesting history and provides a home to a range of wild animals that thrive in the diverse plant and trees ecosystem. The students of Radford University are using the park to conduct a series of research projects.
Grove Avenue and Main Street, Radford, VA 24141
2.Pete Dye River Course
The River Course is an exceptional golf course built in 1999 on a cliff overlooking the historic New River. The Virginia Tech Foundation purchased the course in 2002. About 70 feet above the river and with 2.5 miles of the river front, the course was well-designed and further improved with the ‘revamping’ by Pete Dye. The new clubhouse with spectacular views of the golf course and the river was built and the range and maintenance facility were improved. In 2006, Golf Digest declared the course as a Best New Course and in 2007 as one of the Best Newly Remodeled American golf courses. The club house is an exceptional destination for all kinds of celebrations, weddings, conferences and events. Preston's at The River is a full-service restaurant offering lunch and dinner and the Hackin’ Hokies Lounge a great place to gather with friends.
8400 River Course Dr, Radford, VA 24141, Phone: 540-633-6732
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Glencoe Museum is a house museum located in downtown Radford, Virginia. The house was built in 1870 in the Second Empire style as the postbellum home of Confederate Brigadier General Gabriel C. Wharton. A large, two-story brick dwelling originally had extensive grounds with a barn, smoke house, chicken coop and an ice house. The house was kept in the family until 1996 when it was donated, together with the grounds, to the city of Radford by the Kollmorgen Motion Technology Group. The house features several rooms with Victorian period furniture, a number of Native American artifacts and several displays about Radford family history, Mary Draper Ingles, early settlers, local industries, river transportation, railroads, education and local sports. There is also a small art gallery that shows rotating exhibits of the artworks of contemporary Appalachian artists.
600 Unruh Dr, Radford, VA 24141, Phone: 540-731-5031
4.St. Albans Sanatorium
According to paranormal investigators, abandoned St. Albans asylum in Radford, Virginia, is the most haunted place in the eastern U.S. The once-imposing building was originally a Lutheran boys’ school. The hostile learning environment caused a number of the students to commit suicide. After the school was closed, St. Albans reopened in 1916 as a psychiatric sanatorium. The patients were subjected to unspeakably cruel experimental treatments by their doctors such as lobotomies, insulin-induced comas, shocked via electroconvulsive therapy and similar ‘therapies.” The sanatorium finally closed in the 1990s, but it seems not all patients have left the building. People report seeing apparitions, levitating objects and shadowy figures hear spooky voices. What a place to visit for Halloween!
6248 University Park Dr, Radford, VA 24141-8631
5.Mary Draper Ingles Statue
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Mary Draper Ingles was an American pioneer and early western Virginia settler who was captured in the summer of 1755 with her two young sons by Shawnee during the French and Indian War. She escaped after two and a half months and returned home after trekking almost 600 miles across the Appalachian Mountains. To honor Mary and many other women who survived capture and returned to their Virginia log cabin homes, in 1909 an obelisk was constructed of the chimney stones from her original cabin. It was placed in Radford's West End Cemetery. In addition, an elegant bronze statue of Mary Draper Ingles was created by artist Matt Langford and placed in the park overlooking the New River. Park also includes other contemporary sculptures and interpretative signage.
601 Unruh Dr, Radford, VA 24141, Phone: 540-267-3153
6.Au Bon Pain
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Au Bon Pain is a country-wide popular counter-service chain restaurant serving sandwiches, soups, salads, breads, pastries, coffee, sodas and juices. Au Bon Pain has two shops at the Radford University campus in Radford, Virginia, and is one of the favorite student’s eating spots. Extensive menu includes a large range of hot and cold sandwiches, including vegetarian options. Bread options are endless: croissants, bagels, baguettes, tortillas, rolls, buns and more. There is a hot soup every day and a range of healthy salads. Cookies, muffins, scones, pies and more go great with a cup of hot coffee or tea, especially at the exam time.
Jefferson St, Radford, VA 24141, Phone: 540-831-5900
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