John and I are on our way to Roanoke to celebrate my sister’s birthday. I couldn’t resist sharing Roanoke’s wonderful history again. I love seeing the Mill Mountain Star and always look for the scar which was once the tracks for the Incline. I look for the Dr. Pepper sign and the for the downtown bank where I worked in the early eighties. Wonderful memories of my home town. I would love to hear about your home town too! Feel free to leave a comment. Happy Saturday!

Katherine H. Purdy

Much of Isabel’s Story takes place in Roanoke, Va as I have listed in former posts. One helpful tool in my research of Roanoke’s early days was at the Old Roanoke website. However, I learned today that the website may not be available after next month. If you are from Roanoke or love history check out this website.

Go to  > to see what Roanoke looked like in the early days. There are many pictures of the incline, Mill Mountain and  the historic city market where Isabel’s Papa sold vegetables and apples. There are also pictures of the Mill Mountain Star and for Virginia Tech fans, old game game flyers. Back then, most people referred to the school as VPI (Virginia Polytechnic Institute).  Check it out – it may not be available after next month.

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  1. Sweet memories, Kathy. When I think of my hometown in Spartanburg SC, I remember the Beacon Drive-In, mom and pop ice cream shoppes, the local skating rink, and historical homes on oak-lined streets. Thanks for this stroll down memory lane. 🙂 Enjoy your time in Roanoke.


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