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Elliston is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States. It lies between the city of Roanoke and the town of Christiansburg in the southwestern part of the state. The population as of the 2010 Census was 902.[2] It is home to a small fire department, an elementary school, two gas stations, a train stop, and several churches. Most of its residents commute to larger towns. A set of railroad tracks separates the northwestern part of the town from the rest. US highway 11-460 further divides the town into two distinct neighborhoods, "Oldtown," which formed along the Valley Road in the 1850s, and "The Brake," a predominantly African-American area that developed after the Civil War.

Welcome signage along U.S. 11
Welcome signage along U.S. 11
Elliston is located in Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 37°12′59″N 80°13′57″W / 37.21639°N 80.23250°W / 37.21639; -80.23250Coordinates: 37°12′59″N 80°13′57″W / 37.21639°N 80.23250°W / 37.21639; -80.23250
CountryUnited States
1,263 ft (385 m)
 • Total902
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)540
GNIS feature ID1494218[1]

Originally known as Big Spring, the town's depot was an important stopping point on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad and later the Norfolk and Western. In the late 1880s, investors hoped to create a large industrial and railroad center there, to be known as Carnegie City. Instead, the railroad chose the Roanoke County town of Big Lick, later Roanoke, as the location for its main shops.

The Barnett House, Big Spring Baptist Church, Pompey Callaway House, Fotheringay, and Madison Farm Historic and Archeological District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[3]


  1. ^ "Elliston". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Virginia Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Archived 2012-07-11 at Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-06-08.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.