Ferrum, Virginia

Ferrum VA Real Estate, Ferrum Area and Community Information



Ferrum is a small community located in Southwestern Virginia. It is a part of Franklin County and the Roanoke Metropolitan Area. Situated in a scenic valley and surrounded by magnificent mountains, Ferrum makes the perfect home for people who want to escape hectic city life.

History of Ferrum

Ferrum began around 1889 when the Southern Railway Company decided to build a train stop in the area. When iron ore was discovered near the station during the early 1890s, the railroad built a mine just south of the train stop. This brought many people to the area, and soon there were several small businesses built within the community.

The small town was named Ferrum because of a suggestion made by Reverend Thomas Duke. It is unclear as to why he suggested the name. Today, Ferrum is mainly a farming community; however, it is also the largest shipping point on the Southern Railway for such things as logs, manufactured lumber products, cross ties and tanbark.

Parks and Recreation

One of the benefits of living in Ferrum VA homes is that there are several beautiful parks within the area. One of the favorite parks among people living in Ferrum real estate is Antioch Community Park located on Sontag Road. This park features such terrific amenities as picnic shelters, playground equipment, tennis courts, hiking trails, horseshoe pits and basketball courts.

Located on Waid Park Road, you will find Waid Recreational Park. This is another favorite park among residents of Ferrum homes, which includes such great amenities as two playgrounds, covered picnic shelters, barbecue grills, fishing, walking trails and baseball fields. Other parks near Ferrum are Franklin County Recreational Park, Lynch Park, Gilly's Park and Windy Gap Community Park.

Attractions and Activities

You will also find that there is a vast array of fun attractions near real estate in Ferrum. Some of the most popular historical attractions include Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum, the Booker T. Washington National Monument, and the O. Winston Link Museum. Looking for a great place to golf? Check out Westlake Golf and Country Club, Waters Edge Country Club, and Old Monterey Golf Club.

There are also several family-oriented attractions just minutes away from Ferrum homes for sale, and some of the top locations are Mill Mountain Zoo, Splash Valley Water Park, Harbortown Mini Golf and Rocky Mount Bowling Center. Are you at home with nature? Explore such attractions as Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, Read Mountain Preserve, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve.

Special Events in Ferrum

As a Ferrum home buyer, you will be able to attend a number of festivals and special events that take place in or near the community. During mid-September of every year, you will want to be sure and attend Franklin County's Annual Agricultural Fair. The Agricultural Fair boasts such features as carnival rides, livestock exhibits, live entertainment, food vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides.

Another fun event that takes place near Ferrum properties is the Annual Warren Street Festival. This event is held in August and highlights a parade, live gospel and R&B music, a car show, activities for the kids, and delicious food. Some other events you may want to attend in Ferrum include the Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days (July), Bridgewater Plaza Fall Festival (October) and the Blue ridge Folklife Festival (October).

If living in a peaceful mountain community appeals to you, take a minute to call our Ferrum real estate agent. There are many beautiful homes for sale in Ferrum that offer plenty of fabulous scenery and fun things to do. Call our Ferrum realtor and find your dream mountain home today! 
Billy and Julie Kingery
Billy and Julie Kingery
GRI REALTORS