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strange days of roanoke

The Lost Community
of Carvins Cove
THE EXISTENCE OF THE small community of
Carvins Cove came to an official end on February 14,
1944. On that day, Roanoke city manager Williams
P. Hunter authorized an auction of all remaining
buildings in the village. Five structures were sold,
including two homes, for a total of $629 with the
understanding that the winning bidders would salvage
what they could before the cove began filling as a
reservoir.
The auction was the culmination of a multi-year
process by which the city acquired properties through
negotiation or condemnation to create what is today
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one of the main reservoirs and recreation areas in the
Roanoke Valley.
Unknown by many who now enjoy the cove's beauty
is that before the reservoir there existed a oncethriving, rural village with farms, homes, a church, a
school, a cannery and orchards.
Named for William Carvin who settled the area in
1746, the cove's natural beauty and fertile land bisected
by Carvins Creek provided an idyllic life for some 40
families who lived there before the reservoir.
Ernest Riley's cannery began operating in 1915, using
the "Carvins Cove Brand" label for the tomatoes and
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Some 40 families lived in the cove before it became a reservoir in the mid-1940s.


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