Beth Macy (one of my all-time favorites) wrote this article for Saturday's Roanoke Times about the success of the Virginia Creeper Trail and its effect on Damascus.
The article includes the following tale of one feathered resident:
"And then there's Pete. He's the rooster who routinely wanders through the back door of Adventure Damascus, the bike repair and shuttle shop. Bike mechanic and shop co-owner Bill Leonard doesn't technically own Pete, though he feeds him regularly and uses him in photo ops; writers from newspapers and Outside and Men's Journal magazines have featured the town - and Pete - in recent years. 'You can't eat a celebrity,' Leonard says of Pete. 'That's the only thing that's saved him from going in the dumplin' pot.'"