Historic Fishburn Mansion
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.
Historic 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. During the Christmas season, the mansion offers special holiday tours and an open house. See Holidays at the Historic Fishburn Mansion for more information.
Activities at the Historic Fishburn Mansion:
Throughout the weekdays, many citizens over the age of 50 visit the center to play cards and games. The Fishburn Mansion is also where fitness and art programs take place, including Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s regular Paint Party at the Mansion programs. For more information about ongoing activities, please call 540-853-2679.
Support the Historic Fishburn Mansion:
formerly known as the Mountain View Recreation Center
The Friends of Mountain View is a nonprofit tax-exempt charitable foundation with the purpose of securing funding for the restoration and maintenance of Mountain View through sponsored fundraising activities; to promote awareness and advocacy of Mountain View; to provide visionary leadership in the overall coordination of restoration and preservation of Mountain View; and to preserve the legacy and heritage of the Junius B. Fishburn family.
Reserve the mansion for your upcoming party or wedding
The Historic Fishburn Mansion is home to a recording studio, providing users low-cost access to a recording space and equipment.
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.