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154-0048 Cambria Historic District

Cambria Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 01/10/1991

NPS property number 90002002

Cambria’s development began in the early 1850s following the laying of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad a mile north of Christiansburg. The settlement which sprang up around the depot functioned as a “port” for Christiansburg and enabled area farmers and manufacturers to reach distant markets. Cambria developed its own identity by the late 19th century, when several still-extant commercial buildings were constructed near the tracks. Among these are the Surface-Lee Block, built for a wholesale grocery business, and the former Dew Drop Inn, a little-altered commercial building that housed the county’s first hospital. Up the hill from the tracks is a scattering of early 20th-century residences and commercial buildings including the Cambria Hardware Company building, constructed of rusticated concrete blocks. Although a 1947 fire destroyed many commercial buildings, the district still evokes a flavor of old-time small-town commercialism.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018