In the heart of downtown Blacksburg sits the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, affectionately called “Blacksburg’s Living Room” by the locals. Drop by any given day and you might catch tourists relaxing in the rockers on the front porch, families playing together in the children’s room while learning about our culture, or visitors of all ages exploring the exhibits and learning how Blacksburg came to be. Later that evening, you might encounter the home filled with guests enjoying a program on local history, listening to a live musical performance, or witnessing the unveiling of a local artist’s work for the first time. The Alexander Black House has something for everyone - but there is so much more we can offer with your help.
As long-time area residents know, the home has seen many changes over the last century. It began as a private residence built on Main Street by an ancestor of the town’s founder – then later served as a funeral home for more than half a century. Today, the beautifully-restored Queen Anne Victorian home sits on Draper Road, with its majestic turret visible throughout the town. The home may have only moved one block, but it has been on quite a journey.
Thanks to generous support from the community, the exterior of the home and first floor have been fully restored. The Alexander Black House & Cultural Center opened to the public in 2014, but with work left to be done. With your support, we’ll soon be able to answer “yes!” when visitors ask, “can we go upstairs?” Your donation will help us restore the second floor and add an elevator to make the space accessible for everyone. We can then complete the transformation of the Alexander Black House into a full service venue for exhibits, events and programs that will tell the story of Blacksburg’s history, arts, and culture.