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Last updated 11-26-13
 

Who We Are

 

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Promoting education and economic development through place-based programs related to the natural and cultural heritage of the Blue Ridge Region of Southwestern Virginia.

In 2005 a Steering Committee formed to brainstorm a jointly developed, Patrick County/Floyd County tourism destination and economic development initiative to be located in the region near the Rocky Knob Recreational Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway.


The effort gained the popular name, “The Rocky Knob Project.”


In 2006 the group formed a board of directors with equal representation from both counties, and that group initiated the process of incorporation as a membership-based nonprofit, today called Blue Ridge Heritage, Inc. (BRHI).


After the facilitation of diverse citizen input, the group turned to a team of professionals to solicit and codify visitor input. In 2007 BRHI commissioned a Virginia Tech/Clemson U. team to collect that visitor-based data, and to make recommendations to BRHI regarding the types of programs and services visitors said they’d be interested coming to visit.


The far-reaching study’s results are today widely available to economic development interests, entrepreneurs, and tourism businesses on the web and at local libraries.


Variously referenced as the Bi-County “Gap-Analysis,” “Visitor Survey/Analysis,” and “Asset Inventory” the full 2009 document can be viewed and/or downloaded HERE.


Potential properties on which to locate the effort were researched for 5 years, while a program of offerings and vision were developed. In September of 2012, the organization’s board of directors closed on the purchase of a site from which to begin offering programs.


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Rocky Knob Information Station, BRP
 

The long-awaited “Rocky Knob Project” takes root in 2012

After 7 years of organizing and research, Blue Ridge Heritage found and purchased a permanent home in late 2012.

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Directors study plans for growth
 
Sunset over BRHI property pond
 

Did You Know?


The farmhouse on the BRHI property is available for rent. Want a weekend get-away in the mountains? Come stay and learn about our area. Brochures and educational materials are available to guide your exploration of our Floyd/Patrick culture. Contact our representative by clicking HERE.

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