The Christiansburg Institute was the first African American school in Montgomery County.  For a century, it was a pillar in the black community and prepared black students for the reality of segregated life.  Students traveled from across the New River Valley to attend class, learn industrial skills, play football, put on school plays, play in the band, and learn from passionate highly educated black teachers.  Today, what remains of Christiansburg Institute stands as a reminder the dynamic African American history in the New River Valley, and serves as a testament to the power of a community in the face of profound adversity.


The Christiansburg Institute has a century of stories to tell.  Feel free to explore the grounds of Christiansburg Institute.  While most of the buildings have been destroyed and a majority of the campus auctioned, the grounds still exude CI's rich history.  Visit the grounds and feel the power of place. 

Contact us to schedule a field trip, grounds tour or visit to the museum.

Christiansburg Institute

140 Scattergood Dr.

Christiansburg, VA 24073

Park in the gravel lot in front of the Edgar A. Long Building, across from the former gym building.

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Christiansburg Institute 1866 to 1966 logo with tiger, alumni pride