The Town of Marion, once known as the Royal Oak community, was officially named after Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. The community's Main Street was the main road passing through the region toward the southwest and has been known by many names, including the Wilderness Road, the Great Road, the Southwestern Turnpike, and Lee Highway.
Downtown Historic District, Marion, Virginia Today
Downtown's alive with arts, music, drama, shopping and dining. Anchor renovations include the 1929 Lincoln Theatre and the 1927 General Francis Marion Hotel. Add unique antiques, art galleries, restaurants and shopping. Catch a live taping of Song of the Mountains, a PBS series celebrating the region's Scots-Irish, mountain, bluegrass and country musical heritage.