The History

Radford’s position at the confluence of the New River and numerous trade and commerce routes has given it a rich history. Learn more about the history and events that shaped Radford and the New River Valley.

Civil War HistoryCivil War in the New River Valley

The Virginia and Tennessee Railroad was a critical supply line for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Union General Ulysses S. Grant was determined to sever it. Who won the day? [Read More...]

Radford Railroad HistoryRailroad Central

Radford lies at the heart of Southwest Virginia’s rail history. From the region’s first train to Civil War battles to rail’s heyday at the end of the 19th Century, Radford has played a “Central” role. [Read More...]

Radford Local HistoryRadford History

Learn the story of Radford, from ferry crossing to vibrant city. Radford’s rich history tells us much about the settlement and growth of the New River Valley and Southwest Virginia. [Read More...]