The “downtown” of Hillsville is maybe a block long at best, but it’s still a neat town to visit if only briefly. The Hillsville Diner and Pizza Perfect on Main are a couple of good places to grab food on Main Street. Heading out of town toward Galax is The Mason Jar, a quaint country restaurant with a long bar, comfortable seating, and pretty good food (I can still taste the spiciness of the Texmex Burger).
The Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market is located about halfway between Hillsville and Galax beside I-77. The market is open year-round with fruits, vegetables, and baked goods from locals. It’s a great place to visit for a pint of strawberries or a dozen apples.
Did you know? On March 14, 1912, in the packed Carroll County Courthouse, Floyd Allen was convicted of assaulting sheriff’s deputies who had arrested two of his nephews and sentenced to a year in prison. Almost at once Allen stood up and calmly stated, “Gentlemen, I just ain’t a-goin’.” To this day no one knows who fired the first shot but five minutes later fifty-seven bullets had flown through the courtroom killing the judge, prosecutor, sheriff, and two others. Locally it’s known as “The Courthouse Tragedy” and if you visit the courthouse on Main Street you can still see two bullet holes in the wooden staircase, the last two bullets Floyd Allen ever fired.