Montgomery County

Montgomery County, highlighted in map of Virginia

Humans have lived in what is now Montgomery County for 15,000 years. Permanenmt settlements began around 3,000 years ago, around the time that the Woodland Period began and farmers started to grow crops.

One of those settlements has been excavated along Stroubles Creek. The Shannon Site may have been settled around 1120 CE (Common Era), based on dating of Marginella shells. The shells are from a marine mollusc, probably brought through trading along the Roanoke River to the Atlantic Ocean shoreline.

Another occupation period was around 1230 CE. After a roughly 200-year gap when there was no concentration of houses, the site was developed again around 1450 CE. The last occupation included construction of a palisade, That protective measure may have been required because the occupants, assumed to be Siouan-speaking, were growing enough corn that others were inclined to attack.

the Norfolk and Western Railroad built a spur line to Blacksburg that became known as the Huckleberry Branch
the Norfolk and Western Railroad built a spur line to Blacksburg that became known as the Huckleberry Branch
Source: Library of Congress, Post route map of the states of Virginia and West Virginia

Montgomery County in 1856, as the Virginia and Tennessee brought the first railroad to Southwest Virginia
Montgomery County in 1856, as the Virginia and Tennessee brought the first railroad to Southwest Virginia
Source: Library of Congress, Map & profile of the Virginia & Tennessee Rail Road (William Willis Blackford, 1856)

Virginia Tech is the center of the economy in Montgomery County
Virginia Tech is the center of the economy in Montgomery County
Source: Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), VBMP 2011 WGS Web Mercator (VGIN)

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References

1. Michael B. Barber, "Additional Radiocarbon Dates From the Shannon Site (44MY0008), Montgomery County, Virginia," Quarterly Bulletin, Archeological Society of Virginia, Volume 76, Number 1, (March 2021), https://www.virginiaarcheology.org/publications/ (last checked August 26, 2021)


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