Wytheville, VA

Wytheville is a true original, not just because it’s the only town in the country fortunate enough to bear that name but also because of its stunning landscape, which includes majestic mountains, sparkling waters, and rolling hills. No doubt about it – a trip to this memorable and striking town in Southwest Virginia will leave visitors wanting more!

Fast Facts

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  • Wytheville… There’s Only One! Our branding theme because there is not another town named Wytheville in the entire world.

 

  • Named for George Wythe, the first person from Virginia to sign the Declaration of Independence and the first American law professor who taught Presidents Thomas Jefferson & James Monroe.

 

  • Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of beautiful Southwest Virginia at the intersection of Interstates 77 & 81.
  • Fun Fact: Interstates 81 & 77 run together in a Wrong-way concurrency for approximately ten miles, meaning you are traveling on I 77 Northbound and I 81 Southbound at the same time while actually traveling due West.

 

  • Home of Edith Bolling Wilson, second wife of President Woodrow Wilson. Her birthplace is now a museum, one of only eight First Lady museums in the country. The Bolling Wilson Hotel, located across the street, is a chic boutique hotel named in her honor and themed upon her life.

 

  • Home to Big Walker Lookout, Virginia’s oldest privately-owned attraction. Featuring a country store showcasing Virginia artisans, authors and local musicians and a 100 foot observation tower allowing a panoramic view of five states.

 

  • A Summer Without Children – in the Summer of 1950 Wytheville was hit by the Polio epidemic resulting in the highest number of confirmed cases in the nation, 185 cases. “The worst per capita polio outbreak in the US.” This epidemic is memorialized in a permanent exhibit at Wytheville’s Thomas J. Boyd Museum.
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Biking and Hiking in Virginia - New River Trail Bike in Wytheville
  • New River Trail State Park is a 57-mile linear trail situated along the New River on a reclaimed rail roadbed. Contrary to its name, the New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world, second only to the Nile and like the Nile flows from South to North.

 

  • Wytheville was the boyhood home of William Gibson, award-winning Science Fiction author and “Father of Cyberspace”. His 1982 short-story collection entitled Burning Chrome marked the first appearance of the term.

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