Our community enjoys a culture that includes traditions of the historical, rural south. Throughout the years a diverse community has evolved from families who have come to Blackstone and decided to settle here, start businesses and raise a family.
Blackstone is a town comprised of generations of many families making it a close knit town. While some family members leave for the reasons of continuing education, military service, changes in jobs and other reasons, many do return to their hometown upon completion of college or their military service and start families and contribute to the business successes of Blackstone.
Those returning Blackstone natives bring back with them experience, knowledge and new ideas and a new prospective for the town. Changes come when these new prospectives/ideas are put into the community through new businesses, volunteerism, serving on local governments, becoming members of civic groups and working with the youth of our town.
Recreational opportunities include everything from youth sports programs to golf, swimming,
tennis, bowling, excellent hunting and fishing, boating and hiking, heritage trails, or just picnicking in Seay Park and enjoying the surroundings. The Town of Blackstone continues to show growth and progress today. The untiring efforts of business and civic leaders as well as wise planning by local government have made this possible. Blackstone has just been named a "Main Street Community" and we plan on living up to that name.
Blackstone Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center – The Visitors Center is located in the Blackstone Antiques and Crafts Mall on Main Street in the heart of the town’s historic district, promoting our local businesses, attractions and state wide tourism. The Visitors Center is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center - VUMAC is an all-weather assembly facility open year-round to church groups, denominational groups, religious groups, civic groups, and other service organizations for meetings, retreat, training and conferences. Formerly the Blackstone College for Girls, the Assembly Center has been in operation since 1955. Locals include VUMAC in their daily walks to enjoy the peaceful setting and the beautiful rose garden.
The Gables - located on the VUMAC property, this lovely restored Antebellum building is available also for events.
Schwartz Tavern - A fully restored Revolutionary War Era Tavern located in downtown Blackstone.
The original construction took place in several stages between 1790 and 1840.
The Tavern stands at the site of Blackstone's 18th century crossroads.
Mon-Fri 9:00-5:30, Sat, 10-5 and Sun. 1:00-5:00
Appointments for tours, can be made by calling Mr. Robert B. Thomas, III, at 434-292-1459, or Mrs. Marie Thomas
Carriage Museum - Blackstone's newest museum features fully restored buggies and carriages donated from a local collector.
Mon-Fri 9:00-5:30, Sat, 10-5 and Sun. 1:00-5:00
Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Blackstone - While in Historic Blackstone, please take a few minutes to enjoy its tree-lined avenues, its historic buildings, and the sense of Southern hospitality that has long been the town's trademark.
Historical Markers - don't miss the many historical markers in town, describing noteworthy events in our community's past.
Lakeview Cemetery - Blackstone's oldest cemetery has graves dating back well over 100 years.
Annual Model Train Display - Every year Bevells Hardware starts early to get their train display (over 500 square feet) up and running for all of their Holiday Visitors. There is a Wood Mill, a working Drive-In Movie Theatre, a ski-slope, a circus, and replicas of buildings of interest here in Blackstone, just to name a few of the interesting sites.
The Train display will be up and running the day after Thanksgiving through the second week of January yearly.
Historic Downtown - Downtown Blackstone, listed on the Virginia Historical Register boasts interesting architecture, buildings over 100 years old, and charming iron-fronts. Stroll our tree-lined streets and visit one of our unique shops.
Area & Regional Attractions
Virginia's Retreat is a region in South Central Virginia offering travelers the Lee's Retreat and Wilson-Kautz Raid Civil War driving tours, the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®, a wide variety of tourist attractions and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. The Virginia's Retreat region is comprised of 14 South Central Virginia localities that jointly promote these tourism products to the general public.
- Lee's Retreat Driving Tour
- Wilson-Kautz Raid Driving Tour
- Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail
- Virginia Civil War Trails
- Virginia's Retreat Outdoor Recreation