Saturday - June 14th, 2014

Ticket Prices
$12 (in advance - online)
$15 (day of event)
Free for youth ages 12 & under

The self-guided tour will showcase some beautifully appointed gardens featuring a vast array of flowers, vegetables, herbs, ponds, outdoor living spaces and more. Guests may tour all of the gardens or choose those of interest in any order. Maps & day-of-event tickets will be available at the tent located at the Highland Park Entrance (5th & Washington Ave SW).
The Historic Old Southwest neighborhood, just a few minutes walk from Downtown Roanoke, is a living celebration of history, architecture, and the new “urban pioneer” spirit. Residents from all walks of life live and work together, experiencing a sense of belonging very much like their predecessors did years ago. In addition to the residential population, businesses, churches, restaurants, and the Highland Park Higher Learning Center share historic Old Southwest, representing the very best of neighborhood life in America.
Old Southwest, Inc. is an active not-for-profit organization which began in the 1970’s as the Old Southwest Neighborhood Alliance. Formed to coordinate efforts to save the neighborhood from further destruction (22 buildings were razed in one year), Old Southwest, Inc., remains vigilant and involved on a daily basis on issues affecting the health and promotion of the of the neighborhood. Old Southwest, Inc. membership is open to permanent residents of the neighborhood, tenants, neighborhood business and property owners, as well any persons that wish to support the overall mission of our organization.

What does Old Southwest, Inc. Do?

Some of the Many Things We Do To Make Old Southwest Safe, Strong & Beautiful

  • Produce an annual Parlor Tour of homes each year on the first weekend in December.
  • Have monthly Safety Meetings attended by Roanoke City Police.
  • Food With Friends - neighbors gather almost monthly in homes for a fun shared potluck social event.
  • Present an annual Citizens Appreciation Banquet to recognize special people who do special things in support of the neighborhood.
  • Provide funding, via grants, to help neighbors improve their properties.
  • Send members to Neighborhood Conferences both local, state, and nationwide.
  • Informative programs at neighborhood meetings about matters related to preservation, improvements, special events and a lot more.
  • Twice yearly clean up of alleys and streets by our volunteers.
  • Annual art show and event in Highland Park.
  • Ongoing improvements and maintenance of our historic meeting place, The Alexander/Gish house at the back of Highland Park.
  • Innovative projects to help preserve and enhance Highland Park.
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Graciously hosted by:
Bill & Sheri Bestpitch

Saturday - April 26th, 2014

381 Washington Ave SW

Theme: "Let's Eat Light"

Guests are requested to bring:
An appeti zer, entrée, side-dish OR
dessert and their favorite beverage

Tell a Neighbor, bring a Friend!

Annual OSW Yard Sale, Etc.

  Saturday - June 7th, 2014

Intersection of
5th St & Washington Ave SW
Highland Park Entrance

Old Southwest has been featured on This Old House
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