The landmark near and dear to my heart is The Mill Mountain Star. Also called the Roanoke Star, it is the world’s largest illuminated, freestanding man-made star! The Star is 88.5 feet in height and weighs 10,000 pounds. It was constructed in 1949 at the top of Mill Mountain and Roanoke was nicknamed “The Star City of the South.”
I love the bright neon star that brightens the sky in my hometown. I have gazed fondly on it in the distance since I was a child. It is a comforting sight to me that means home.
The Star sits 1045 feet above the city of Roanoke, Virginia. At the base of the Star, there is an overlook of the beautiful Roanoke Valley and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. You can enjoy the view of both natural scenery and the landmark Star!