Top 10 ways to have fun and stay healthy while socially distancing in #VisitWytheville

Top 10 ways to have fun and stay healthy while socially distancing in #VisitWytheville

Top 10 ways to have fun and stay healthy while socially distancing in #VisitWytheville

As we all navigate uncharted territory and simultaneously try to maintain a sense of normalcy, we hope this list of activities will assist in your planning while also helping to keep you and your family healthy.

1. GET OUTSIDE

There’s no better way to stay the recommended six feet away from one another than in the great outdoors. Crystal Springs Recreation Area, located on 1,800 acres of town-owned property offers miles of trails for every skill level and length. Take a leisurely walk along the Salamander Meander trail or test your endurance on the seven mile Boundary trail.

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2. WALK AND LEARN

Wytheville’s Historic Walking Tour is a self-guided journey through Wytheville’s past. Choose from seven different loops as you take a building-by-building tour that includes interesting stories of a bustling town along the Great Road to the Western Frontier as well as two tragic fires, the birthplace of a first lady, the early beginnings in 1790 and the impact the polio epidemic of 1950 had on the town. You can download your copy at https://www.visitwytheville.com/brochures/

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3. HIT THE VIRTUAL GYM

While the Wytheville Community Center is currently closed the staff of Wytheville Parks and Recreation will be bringing you online workouts throughout the day via their Facebook page. Workouts include Yoga Flow, Barre, Cardio and more. The workout lineup is listed on their Facebook page each morning Monday through Friday.  https://www.facebook.com/wythevilleparksrec

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4. MAKE MEMORIES

Normal daily routines don’t often allow for quality family time. Find the Silver lining during this unstable time by taking advantage of the built-in time together with your loved ones. Limit screen time and instead play board and card games, plan at home movie nights, start planning your next family adventure and create memories that will not be soon forgotten simply by spending time together as a family.

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5. SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES

Local small businesses will be the hardest hit during this time of uncertainty. One bad month can mean the difference in being able to stay open or being forced to close their doors for good. What can you do? Start your Christmas shopping early this year and purchase gift cards from small local businesses and have them mailed to you. Any card or certificate purchased now helps small business owners continue to pay employees as well as cover daily operational costs. Then when things get back to normal you’ll either have a head start on Christmas gifts or be able to take your significant other for a night on the town. Clothing, home decor, jewelry, antiques, wine/beer, hair/nail/spa appointments and theatre tickets all make great gifts that don’t expire.

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6. HEAD TO THE FISHIN’ HOLE

Rural Retreat Lake is beautiful during Springtime and what better way is there to socially distance than floating in a boat in the middle of the lake. This 90-acre lake is home to Muskellunge (Musky), Largemouth Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Northern Pike, Sunfish, Channel Catfish, and Crappy. The lake has a boat ramp, ample shoreline fishing and is open 24-hours a day, year round. You will need a valid fishing license which you can obtain online by visiting https://gooutdoorsvirginia.com/

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7. STUDENTS PAINT THE TOWN

Take a stroll through beautiful downtown Wytheville and enjoy artwork by Wythe County students on display at multiple businesses. The Paint the Town initiative is a combined effort of the Wythe Arts Council, Wythe County Public Schools and Downtown Wytheville Inc. Artwork is displayed in windows and can be viewed from the street. Participating businesses include Open Door Café, Wytheville Farmers market, Crepe House & Creamery, Moon Dog Brick Oven, Wytheville Fire Department, Risk Solutions, Paper Clip, Lester Insurance, Shanaki Karate and 7 Dogs Brewpub.

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8. FEED YOUR CRAVING

Just because you can’t dine in at your favorite local restaurant doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fave go-to meal. All of Wytheville’s locally owned restaurants are offering curbside pick up for to go orders. These independent and locally owned businesses will not survive without your support. Continue ordering and enjoying our local flavor only now, in the comfort of your own home.  #togetherwearebetter  

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9. KIDS IN PARKS

If cabin fever is starting to set in, the Kids in Parks program offers an expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures called TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail features self-guided brochures and signs that turn your visit into a fun and exciting outdoors experience. Best of all, you can earn PRIZES for tracking your adventures! Crystal Springs Recreation Area is a participating park and it is OK for kids and families to be outdoors in a park to get exercise, fresh air, and to release some of the stresses associated with the current challenges. TRACK Trails can still be a great way to allow them to do that. Find more information at https://www.kidsinparks.com/

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10. BE KIND

“Kindness is more contagious than any sickness. Spread kindness to those around you, and if you’re able, lend a hand to those in need by offering to deliver groceries, prescriptions or assist as needed.” – Tupelo CVB

Please continue to show kindness to anyone you encounter whether it’s the check out line, a delivery person, a healthcare worker or a public safety officer. Everyone is experiencing stress due to the unknown at this time but remember – we’re all in this together and Together we are Better. 

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Down Memory Lane

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Down Memory Lane

March 5 – April 26, 2020

Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre presents “Down Memory Lane”

Join us as we celebrate Wohlfahrt Haus’ 20th Anniversary Season with this original revue highlighting the best moments of the last 20 years with some of your favorite Wohlfahrt Haus played. Enjoy this significant milestone, as we take you down Wohlfahrt Haus’ memory lane.

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Civil War Trails: Wytheville, VA

Civil War Trails: Wytheville, VA

by Chris Brown

There are few places more remote and yet worthwhile to visit than Southwest Virginia. Tucked into the corner of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina is one of the most beautiful parts of the Country. Hikers, bikers (and cyclists), and music fans all flock to area. While this region was not a hotbed for Civil War operations there are, of course, Civil War Trails signs to help guide you as you prepare to Visit Southwest Virginia.

One of our frequent stops is in Wytheville, located just off Interstate 81 and Interstate 77.

There are several Civil War Trails signs, covering Union approach into town. You can find the some of those sites on our new interactive map. If you follow the signs west from Wytheville, driving against Toland’s route into town you’ll immediately see why this region of Virginia is so acclaimed for its natural beauty. 

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We recommend you start your visit downtown at Skeeter’s World Famous Hot Dogs. As you know we take eats and drinks just as seriously as we take history. After a nibble, stroll down Tazewell Street and pop into the Haller-Gibboney Rock House museum. The stone building was reported to have sustained damage during the fighting and was also used as a hospital after the 1863 and 1864 raids.

 

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No battlefield trip is complete without a brewery as you stroll town you’ll likely pass Seven Sisters Brewing. If you stay longer in town than expected or if you are traveling with a partner consider spending the night in the beautiful Bolling Wilson Hotel.  Interesting in visiting Wytheville? There’s only one! Check out their website here for all the activities and amenities that will be sure to please the whole family. 

Let us help you travel like a local. Take a look at our maps, and don’t hesitate to ask for our recommendations for good eats, drinks, and lesser known spots along the way. Follow #civilwartrails and create some history of your own. 

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History is on Display in Wytheville, Virginia

History is on Display in Wytheville, Virginia

by Colette Boehm, Laurie Rowe Communications

      It’s a diverse and amazing history and it’s on display here. This was ground zero for the worst polio epidemic in U.S. history. It was home to a First Lady often dubbed the “first woman president.” These are just two pieces of the unique history of the Southwest town of Wytheville. Long before the Interstate system, Wytheville was already a favored spot along one of the region’s most popular routes, the Great Lakes to Florida Highway. Today, located at the crossroads of two major Interstates (I-77 and I-81), this is still a convenient stop for travelers. And the Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum is just one in the collection of museums and historical attractions that gives those who stop and stay an understanding of the unique history and culture of this exceptional destination.

Wytheville’s past is on display at several area museums and the Thomas J. Boyd Museum (295 Tazewell Street) is the perfect place to start. The museum is named for the man considered to be the Father of Wytheville. Thomas Jefferson Boyd was an attorney and entrepreneur and also served as mayor and a member of the Virginia legislature. The museum depicts local history, including displays about the Civil War years and the severe polio epidemic that plagued the county in the summer of 1950. The Discovery Corner offers ten interactive stations where children can learn math and science, as well as local history.

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Nearby, the Haller-Gibboney Rock House (205 E. Tazewell Street) was the home of Wytheville’s first resident physician and has played a significant role here since its 1823 construction. Dr. John Haller served this community as a doctor, county coroner and delegate to the Virginia Legislature. The Hallers and their descendants, the Gibboneys and Campbells, lived in the home for 140 years. During that time, they allowed it to be used as an infirmary and a school during the Civil War and later as a boarding house. Now recognized as a historic landmark, the home contains more 1,400 original artifacts and period furnishings.

The Wytheville Training School Cultural Center (410 E. Franklin Street) is the region’s only African American heritage museum. This building was constructed in 1882 as a school for African American children and was in operation until 1952. A non-profit organization was established in 2000 to preserve the school and has now opened it as a public museum. Displays chronicle the achievements of local African Americans and photos, stories and memorabilia tell the history of African American education in Wythe County.

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Wytheville is also the birthplace of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson, the second wife of Virginia-born President Woodrow Wilson. The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum (145 E. Main Street) is located in Wilson’s birthplace and childhood home. This first lady led an amazing life and was a strong and interesting character long before marrying a sitting U.S. president. This museum is one of only eight historic sites across the country dedicated to the interpretation of a first lady. It tells the story of the critical role Edith Bolling Wilson played in the White House at a pivotal moment during World War I. She has been called the “secret president” and the “first woman president” by historians.

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The Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum (975 Tazewell Street) offers a look back to the era when Route 21, known as the Great Lakes to Florida Highway, was the primary route to Florida from the Midwest. As a gas station along the route, this building had direct access to the highway’s travelers. Memorabilia from the building’s opening in 1926 as a gas station through its evolution into a 1950s grocery store is on display. The museum is located near the E. Lee Trinkle Visitors Center, offering the perfect opportunity for visitors to find out more to see and do in Wytheville.

And these historic attractions are only the beginning of the Wytheville story. It has a historic downtown that is also home to a whole host of one-of-a-kind spots. Nearby, significant sites like the Historic Shot Tower (283 Pauley Flatwoods Road, Austinville, VA 24312) over the New River and the Mansion at Fort Chiswell (325 Factory Outlet Drive, Max Meadows, VA 24360) add to the area’s appeal for history buffs.

 

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