Mount Calvary Lutheran Church

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church is located in the Stony Man region of Page County. Constructed in 1848, a church building had been located on this site since 1765. The Mount […]


German settlers in the Shenandoah Valley built Mannheim about 1788. Three bays wide, the coursed-limestone dwelling stands two-and-one-half stories high, banked into the rolling hillside. The off-center entry is surrounded […]

Sunray Agricultural Historic District

The Sunray Agricultural Historic District is a planned agrarian community settled by Polish immigrants in the early 20th century. Proponents of immigration, Isador and Rose Herz owned a steamship company, […]

St. John’s Lutheran Church and Cemetery

During the late 18th century, German settlers were concentrated near the present town of Wytheville, the seat of Wythe County. In 1798 St. John’s Lutheran Church, recently organized, adopted a […]

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery

Forty-two well-preserved German-style gravestones, similar to those found in lesser numbers and in poorer condition in several other outlying Lutheran cemeteries around Wytheville, survive in the Zion Church graveyard. Like […]

Kimberling Lutheran Cemetery

On a steep hillside looking over the countryside and mountains of western Wythe County, this early burying ground has a large collection of traditional German gravestones. Approximately fifty monuments date […]

Crabtree-Blackwell Farm

The Crabtree-Blackwell Farm complex in Washington County forms a remarkably undisturbed picture of the folk culture of the Southwest Virginia uplands, a region settled by Tidewater English, Scotch-Irish, and Pennsylvania […]

Burke’s Garden Central Church and Cemetery

Settlers of German origin migrated from Pennsylvania to Southwest Virginia in the late 18th century, settling in Burke’s Garden, a bowl-shaped valley atop Garden Mountain, now the Burke’s Garden Rural […]

Hupp House

The Hupp House, also known as the Hupp Homestead or Frontier Fort, was likely built as early as 1755, presumably by Peter Hupp, a settler of German extraction who came […]

Harshbarger House

Samuel Harshbarger built the original stone portion of this house, one of Roanoke County’s oldest dwellings, in 1797. The use of stone is a rare surviving reminder of a German-influenced […]