Lawrenceville Joins the Virginia Main Street Network by Becoming an Exploring Main Street Community!

The Town of Lawrenceville has become an Exploring Main Street (EMS) community and formally joined the powerful, grassroots Virginia Main Street (VMS) network!

Located by the Meherrin River, Lawrenceville was founded in 1814 and is the county seat of Brunswick County. The town’s historic downtown district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, connects with the Tobacco Heritage Trail, a segment of the national rails to trails movement that attracts horseback riders, wildlife enthusiasts, hikers and more. Apart from recreational trails and waterways, the Town of Lawrenceville also features historic sites, local shopping and plenty of southern hospitality.

Kimberly Martin, Special Projects Coordinator, and Everette Gibson, Town Manager, spearheaded the effort to help the Town of Lawrenceville become an official EMS community. The locality will use the VMS tier status to create improved economic opportunity downtown and enhance quality of life through community-driven revitalization efforts, as well as brand Lawrenceville as a fun and unique place to live, work and play!

“The Town of Lawrenceville is very excited about being a part of Exploring Main Street, along with having access to the vast array of professional development resources to support our economic development initiatives. The Exploring Main Street tier will serve as a building block to help strengthen revitalization efforts within the Lawrenceville Historic District.”

– Kimberly Martin, Special Projects Coordinator

As a Main Street America (MSA) State Coordinating Program, VMS offers a range of services and assistance to communities across the Commonwealth that are interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts. Click here to view the VMS Program Guidelines to learn more about EMS tier requirements and resources, as well as how the VMS program can help your community achieve its revitalization goals!

Photo Credit (Aerial View): Brunswick County IDA

Photo Credit (Downtown): Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Photo Credit (Trail Sign): Zachary Whitlow