Stay & Play a While
Nestled in the beautiful lower highlands of western Virginia, Smyth County is known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor recreational activities. While nature may be calling, take some time to discover the charms of the towns that make this area special.
Come take a walk through history! Historic Downtown Marion welcomes you to our community with the Marion History Walk, which showcases our community and gives you a glimpse of our past. Markers weave our tale as you stroll through many architectural treasures. The Town of Chilhowie also features a historical tour and the Town of Saltville is home to many historic sites.
Take in a performance at the historic Lincoln Theatre. Built in 1929 as a movie house, this completely renovated Mayan Revival theater now hosts all types of performing arts events including concerts, musicals plays and children’s programs. The Lincoln Theatre is also home to the Song of the Mountains Bluegrass Concert Series.
If you’re a Civil War history buff, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Follow the Civil War Trail to see battlefields and other important war sites. The Museum of the Middle Appalachians is a good place to start. Be sure to visit Saltville in August to see the War Between the States Battle Reenactment.
With the popularity of genealogy today, there are many ways to trace your roots in Smyth County. Cemeteries, libraries, churches and the Smyth County Museum and Courthouse hold record’s that date back to many early southwest Virginia’s pioneer families.