The Hotel Roanoke

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Established in the little town of Big Lick, Virginia in 1882 by railroad baron Fredrick J. Kimball, ‘The Grand Old Lady’ was originally a sprawling wooden structure built in a small wheat field to accommodate rail-weary travelers.  Having a larger vision for the small valley town, he later combined two of his railroads into Norfolk and Western Railroad and developed a new community with the Hotel Roanoke as the grand centerpiece.

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