From simple beginnings as a small neighborhood in 1907, Greater Raleigh Court has grown into one of Roanoke, Virginia's most prestigious and valued enclaves—a thriving community filled with historic architecture, bustling shops and an energetic sense of place. Although the town's appearance has changed with the decades, the character of the community has not. Mayor and author Nelson Harris tells the story of this neighborhood through an exploration of its old residential streets, its historic bridges and buildings—including the renowned Grandin Theater—and brings to life each era of a history that is marked by both controversy and pride. Local historian Nelson Harris is a native and former mayor of Roanoke. He has been the pastor of Heights Community Church since 1999 and is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Western Community College. He is a past president of the Historical Society of Western Virginia, a columnist for the Roanoker magazine, and has been recognized by the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation for his research and advocacy of regional history. He is the author of fourteen books, including Downtown Roanoke, A History of Back Creek, Aviation in Roanoke and Hidden History of Roanoke. 128 pages.