The historic Fishburn Mansion is one of the most unique recreation centers you will find. Formerly known as the Mountain View Recreation Center, Fishburn Mansion is a 42-room Georgian-revival mansion that was built in 1907 by Junius B. Fishburn.
Mr. Fishburn was a prominent publisher, banker and philanthropist in Roanoke for the first half of the 20th century. In 1955, he donated his home to the city, with the stipulation that it would be solely used for public recreation purposes. The rest of Fishburn’s beautiful estate includes a garden, community garden and an old carriage barn that has been converted into a greenhouse.
Fishburn Mansion Tours
Fishburn Mansion is open to the public on Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To arrange a tour, please call 540-853-2679.
Activities at Fishburn:
Throughout the weekdays, many citizens over the age of 50 visit the center to play cards and games. Please see the weekly schedule below. Fishburn Mansion is also where fitness and art programs take place, including Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s regular Paint Party at the Mansion programs.
In 2022, the Department opened a recording studio on the third floor. This amenity is open the public at no cost on Friday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Users must reserve their studio time in advance online or by calling 540-853-5847, and children 13 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Free Party Duplicate Bridge (Ages 50+):
Fun and fellowship with friends playing Party Duplicate Bridge on Monday afternoons between 12:30 and 4:00 p.m. Please register by calling 540-853-2679. This is a free program.
Cards and Games (Ages 50+):
Bring your group, the cards or your board game, grab a table and spend a fun day with us between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. This is a free program.
Drop-In Canasta Player’s Delight (Ages 50+):
Enjoy a day of fun and fellowship with us. Register by calling 853-2679. Every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is a free program.
Lunch at Fishburn Mansion Senior (Ages 50+):
Join us on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of each month for a catered lunch at the Fishburn Mansion. Each lunch costs $6.75 and will include a Main Dish, 2 Sides, and Coffee or Tea. Reservations must be received no later than the Friday before the lunch. To check the upcoming menu or to reserve your lunch please call 540-853-2679.
Duplicate Bridge Players Time (Ages 50+):
Bring your group to the mansion to play Duplicate Bridge on Wednesday afternoons between 12:30 and 4:00 p.m. Please register by calling 540-853-2679. This is a free program.
Drop-In Bridge (Ages 50+):
High score stays and low score moves. Rotate partners and tables every 45 minutes. No partners needed. We play every Wednesday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Hand and Foot Canasta (Ages 50+):
Calling all Canasta players! Join us for this fun game every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a free program.
Reserve the mansion for your upcoming party or wedding
From Downtown Roanoke:
Follow Elm Avenue toward the Wasena Street Bridge. Turn right onto Ferdinand Road at the red light where Elm turns into Main Street before crossing the bridge. Follow Ferdinand to Wasena Terrace. Turn right onto Wasena Terrace and the first left is the driveway for the Fishburn Mansion. Come up the hill and park in the parking lot to the left. The entrance to the center is directly adjacent to the parking lot at the back of the building.
From Grandin Village:
Follow Memorial Avenue across the Memorial Bridge past Black Dog Salvage. Turn left onto Wasena Terrace and the first right is the driveway for the mansion. Come up the hill and park in the parking lot to the left. The entrance to the center is directly adjacent to the parking lot at the back of the building.