River flowing from SW Va. southeast through NE N.C. into Albemarle Sound: c. 380 mi (612 km)
City in SW Va., on this river.
Island off the coast of N.C.: site of abortive English colony (1585-87)
An independent city of southwest Virginia west-southwest of Richmond on the Roanoke River. Once known as Big Lick after a nearby salt lick, it was renamed with the coming of the railroad in 1881.
Origin of roanoke
- < Carolina Algonquian: meaning unknown
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- From Powhatan rawrenock (“things rubbed smooth by hand").