PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
With your generous support through our annual Blowing Rock Star Program and through special project donations, our mission to enhance Blowing Rock has been accomplished, to date, by a number of projects.
Blowing Rock History Walk
Consisting of 21 stations featuring informational plaques and benches, the History Walk will start and end at Mayview Plaza after circling Mayview Lake and feature entertaining historical narratives about Blowing Rock.
The Village Foundation contributed a matching grant with the town of Blowing Rock to replace the aging Mayview Lake Fountain. The new fountain increases circulation and adds lighting at night.
During the pandemic, many local business faced economic hardships. The Foundation spearheaded an effort to raise and distribute funds to ease those burdens. Through grant distributions, over $100,000 was shared with local business owners.
In conjunction with other partners, the Village Foundation has established a visionary plan to beautify Legion Hill. The Foundation will work with the town of Blowing Rock to develop and implement a final plan for Legion Hill.
Southern Gateway Greenspace
A land conservation project to conserve the land and beauty at the southern entrance to Blowing Rock.
Collaborating with the town of Blowing Rock, The Village Foundation designed, funded and constructed a new gateway to the Mayview neighborhood, which resulted in a pedestrian-friendly plaza and beautification of Main Street.
Glen Burney Trail Improvements
The Foundation supported improvements to trail signage and safety to enhance the experience of visiting the Glenn Burney Falls. We are currently working with the town on plans for enhancing the beauty and safety of the trail including an observation deck above the falls.
Blowing Rock School Playground Bathrooms
Cherry Tree Hollow Preservation
The Village Foundation was a major donor to the Blowing Rock Chamber's 2020 Leadership Class project to install restrooms at the Blowing Rock School's playground, allowing teachers to safely monitor students while at recess.
The Village Foundation made a grant to help preserve the land known as Cherry Tree Hollow, ensuring an uninterrupted view into the Johns River Gorge from Highway 321.