Located in Denton County, Roanoke offers residents the comfort of living in a small, close-knit town along with the convenience of being near Dallas and Fort Worth. When you visit Historic Downtown Roanoke you will experience timeless charm and a special down-home, friendly ambiance that is hard to find in the midst of major metropolitan areas. With original settlers dating back to 1844, Roanoke is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2016, Roanoke was ranked the fourth best place in Texas to start a business.
The Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum is housed in a beautifully restored rock building from 1886. It is one of the centerpieces of the downtown area. Formerly known as Silver Spur Saloon, this stately building once housed an upstairs brothel, dance hall and much more. You can now enjoy a collection of local and regional artifacts and learn about local legends from Roanoke’s rich and vibrant past. This building won an award for Best Renovation from the Texas Downtown Association and Preservation Texas in 2009.
Roanoke also has a lovely farmers markets that local citizens enjoy over the weekend. Shop for fresh, locally grown produce as you stroll up down Austin Plaza Street. In addition there are several local events throughout the year including Evenings on Oak Street, Roanoke’s Old Fashion Christmas, the Family Valentine’s Dance and more.
Roanoke was appointed the Unique Dining Capital of Texas in June 2009 by the Texas House of Representatives and is the home of the original world-famous Babe’s Chicken Dinner House and over 40 other delicious restaurants. Some of the highest rated restaurants include Hard Eight BBQ, The Classic Cafe at Roanoke, Hey Sugar Candy Store, Oak St. Pie & Candy Co., Bayou Jacks Cajun Grill, Twisted Root Burger Co., Bottlecap Alley Icehouse Grill and Los Molcajetes.
Roanoke is served by the Northwest Independent School District (NISD). Elementary school students attend Roanoke Elementary School, middle school students attend Medlin Middle School or John Tidwell Middle School and high school students attend Byron Nelson High School.