National Bank Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam (seated, left) signs a proclamation recognizing National Bank's 125th anniversary accompanied by F. Brad Denardo, President & CEO of National Bank.

On May 21st, National Bank will mark its 125th year of community banking. Founded in Blacksburg in 1891, the bank is the oldest bank in the New River Valley and is the seventh oldest in Virginia.

“We would like to thank our customers who have placed their trust in us through the years,” said F. Brad Denardo, the bank’s President and CEO. “The loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our talented employees have made it possible for us to be a strong and stable community bank for well over a century.”

During its 125 years, National Bank has grown from one room in Blacksburg’s Green Hotel to a network of 26 branch offices across southwest Virginia with $1.2 billion in assets.

To commemorate the historic milestone, Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam signed a proclamation recognizing National Bank’s 125th anniversary. According to Rordam, “National Bank has been an outstanding corporate citizen and a trusted partner in the growth and development of our community. We feel very fortunate to have a local bank like National Bank based here in Blacksburg.”

Commenting on the proclamation, Denardo added, “Our founder Alexander Black saw the need for a local bank that would serve the community and help his neighbors prosper. We try to live up to his ideals every day by helping people in our hometowns raise their families, build businesses and save for their future.”

National Bank is a subsidiary of National Bankshares, Inc., a Blacksburg-based financial holding company. National Bankshares’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “NKSH.” To learn more about National Bank, visit