Welcome to the tour! The videos may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient, but it will be worth the slight wait. We hope that this page will help give you an overview of what makes our region special. You will start out in Wythe County and Wytheville.
In the pioneer days of our country, Wythe County was well-known as a crossroads destination for weary travelers on the frontier. Today, in addition to being the most visited community in western Virginia, it is a key location for manufacturing and distribution. Wytheville Community College is at the center of many of the community’s entertainment and cultural events, including regular plays, concerts, musicals, and craft fairs. Area churches, schools, social and civic organizations also take a lead role in sponsoring a wide variety of recreational, historical, and instructional opportunities. One of the most successful examples is the Chautaugua Festival, sponsored by the Wythe Arts Council, which celebrates the community’s history, culture, and entertainment for a week each summer.
Welcome to “the hub of Southwest Virginia”. Wythe County is at the crossroads of two Interstates, I81 and I77. We live in a region steeped in a rich history. Stop by one of our Museums of Wytheville to begin finding out more. Of course, head over to our Visitor’s Center Visit Wytheville and the Wytheville/Wythe/Bland Chamber of Commerce.
What is available in education? Here is the link to our public school system Wythe County Public Schools. Looking for a Christian school? Start at Granite Christian Academy. Wythe County also has Wytheville Community College.
Wythe County Community Hospital and the many doctors in the county form the backbone of our health system.
Wytheville has a new 100,000 square foot meeting and community center Wytheville Meeting Center, plus many hotels to choose from. The Bolling Wilson Hotel is our newest addition and is a historic structure in downtown.
Agriculture is a large part of what makes the area special. Wytheville and Rural Retreat both have Farmers’ Markets. Wytheville – Rural Retreat. Would you like to go berry picking? Henley Mountain Berry Farm There is an orchard between Wytheville and Rural Retreat Williams Orchard. Do you enjoy wine? West Wind Vineyard and Winery, Rural Retreat Winery and Vineyards, and Davis Valley Winery are the three destinations in the county.
When you are ready to get outdoors, Wythe County has much to offer. Crystal Springs Recreation Area, New River Trail State Park, Rural Retreat Lake, Foster Falls State Park and more! While you are out and about, visit the Big Walker Lookout, and play a few rounds of golf at Wytheville Golf Club. If you are more adventurous, try entering an event like the New River Trail Challenge
Experience the Chautauqua Festival, one of many events around.
Looking for an evening on the town? Head over to the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theater.
Next we will head South to Grayson/Carroll counties. From the New River to various streams and creeks, to farmland and forest, all the way up to Virginia’s highest peak Mount Rogers and Grayson Highlands State Park, these two counties have something for everyone. Be sure to visit the Grayson County Tourism website. The Jefferson National Forest and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area have numerous hiking, horseback riding, fishing and hunting opportunities. Why not take the family up to Hale Lake for a picnic and a little trout fishing?
Music runs deep in our souls around here, and you don’t have to look far to find a jam or concert. Head over to the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Parkway,
While you are in Galax, check out the vibrant downtown,
and head over to the Grayson County Public Schools website.
Here is the school information Bland County Public Schools.
It’s time to head North on I81 to the towns of Pulaski and Dublin.
There is plenty for the family to do at Claytor Lake State Park. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, camping…
Let’s head South on I81 past Wythe County to Smyth County. Here you will the historic town of Marion. A beautiful downtown awaits, with shopping, dining and live music. While you are here, be certain to have dinner at the Black Rooster in the General Francis Marion Hotel, named in National Geographic’s Top 150 Hotels in North America.
Don’t forget to rent a paddle boat at Hungry Mother State Park and hike the trails also.
Farther South on I81 you will come to The Virginia Creeper Trail at Damascus. This is a “must experience” ride.
Head a little farther South to Abingdon
and world renowned Barter Theatre
No excursion to the mountains is complete without time spent on the Blue Ridge Parkway, The New River and New River Trail State Park, The Crooked Road music trail, Wilderness Road State Park, or if you like to golf, Olde Mill Golf Resort.
The staff here at Classic Homes and Farms hope that you have enjoyed your tour, and if you would like to make Southwest Virginia your home then call us. We know the area and can help you fulfill your dream!