Located conveniently on Route 460 in Giles County, Pembroke is known as the Gateway to the Cascades. It is here that visitors can hike to majestic 66 ft. waterfall, venture onto the New River, and enjoy small town flair with shopping, dining, and festivals.

Cascades Recreation AreaAs far as can be ascertained the first white settler to make a permanent home close to what is now Pembroke was Philip Lybrook who came with his family from Pennsylvania sometime between 1748-55.  His family was originally from Holland and the name was Leibroch.  This family settled at a point along New River at about the place where Sinking Creek flows into New River. The story goes that in 1845 the town was named by John Lyebrook, a descendant of Philip.  John was then postmaster and he had been reading a book and ran across the name Pembroke.  Some think that it may have been a copy of Shakespeares’ Sonnets which was dedicated in part to the Earl of Pembroke.  He thought it was a pretty name, so he printed PEMBROKE on a board and hung it onto the post office building.  Some folks who did not know today call it “pem-brook”, but it is plainly “pem-broke”.  The town was incorporated in 1948.  The first mayor was Capt. T. P. Smith.  The new town hall was finished in 1968.  The town now has a very fine volunteer fire department. 

Pembroke sits on the New River with the backdrop of Castle Rock. Castle Rock has an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, outside shelter, fifteen tables, two charcoal grills, and special rates for students and seniors. Be sure not to miss the Pembroke Heritage Festival and reach out to the three outfitters and guides, Tangent Outfitters, New RiverOutdoor Company, andNew River’s Edge for some fun on the New River. Continue planning your visit by exploring the town website at:

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