Tazewell County Visitor Center
200 Sanders Lane, Bluefield, Virginia
Completed in 1896, the restored Sanders House is now home to the Tazewell County Visitors Center. The large Victorian house features oak woodwork, an original mural, and original Sanders family collections. The property also contains a granary, smokehouse and cottage outbuildings, as well as the relocated historic Bailey House, a pre-Civil War log structure that was home to one of Bluefield’s earliest families.
Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park/Fort Witten
3663 Crab Orchard Road, Tazewell, Virginia
Crab Orchard Museum presents not only local history but a comprehensive overview of the Appalachian region, with important exhibits on early life, military history, and a natural history section documenting the animals of Southwest Virginia. The museum’s exhibit of Native American artifacts displays the results of excavations at the nearby Crab Orchard site, a large Woodland village. Pioneer Park village includes fourteen log structures that have been reassembled to show what daily life was once like in western Virginia.
Virginia Room at Tazewell County Public Library
Tazewell Historic District, 310 East Main Street, Tazewell, Virginia
The Tazewell County Public Library’s Virginia Room, located in the Tazewell Historic District, is intended to help visitors discover their family history in this region. The Virginia Room includes about 1500 volumes of published history, biography, records of the census, births, marriages, land transactions, tax assessments, wills, deaths, and cemeteries, newspapers, maps and gazetteers, as well as how-to guides to research.
Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum
6394 North Scenic Highway, Bastian, Virginia
Between 1490 and 1530 AD, a small group of Native Americans settled along Wolf Creek in present-day Bland County. They built a circular palisaded village to house as many as 100 people. Excavation of the site in 1970 revealed 14 structures and a wealth of artifacts. The Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum opened in 1998 to interpret the story of the region’s prehistoric peoples, including a full recreation of the village.