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Historic Draper

Dining • Shopping • Events • Adventure


For years the Draper Mercantile has been known as a place of gathering, and what would gathering be without food? Stop by The Village Coffee Shoppe for their signature sandwiches (lunch and breakfast), coffee, soups, and baked goods.


Historic Draper is home to an eclectic array of specialty shoppes where you can explore local art, antiques, and find one-of-a-kind gifts. Take your time and browse through our four distinct shoppes to discover a unique find of your own.


Escape the business of your day and find solace in the Village's enchanting Tea Garden where our gourmet teas and healthy herbal infusions soothe your mind and nurture your body with every sip. Draper Blooms Tea Garden is where you can savor lovingly prepared offerings such as traditional teas, handcrafted herbal infusions, locally baked pastries, petite sandwiches, and tempting snacks. Here you can also shop our carefully curated selection of teas and teaware, home and garden décor, and eclectic gifts.


Rent a bike from the Junction and ride the scenic New River Trail located next to Historic Draper Village. The New River Trail is part of the Virginia State Park System as well as the "Rails to Trails" program. Experience a piece of history as you follow the old tracks through gorgeous pastoral land and over Claytor Lake. The trail is mostly flat (only a 3% grade) and perfect for beginners and more seasoned riders.


Make your visit even more special by renting a vacation home on Claytor Lake, the New River, the New River State Trail, or Blue Ridge Mountains. With vacation homes perfect for a romantic getaway to homes big enough for the whole family, New River Retreat offers great getaways close to Historic Draper. For RV and camping, check out Harvest Host.

Wedding and Events

Thee Draper Mercantile has been a gathering place for over 150 years and continues to be today. Enjoy the historic charm and elegance of the Main Hall for you next big event. With a capacity of up to 100 guests, the Main Hall is ideal for weddings, corporate banquets, retreats and more. Full use of facilities such as projector screens, catering area, bathrooms, and porches is also available.