Wise County, located in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, is a perfect place to exercise your passion for mountains, music and more. The county was chartered on February 16, 1856 and named after then governor Henry A. Wise. Early exploration of the region began with Dr. Thomas Walker, Christopher Gist and Daniel Boone, as well as many now unknown “long hunters”, trappers and land speculators. Each made their mark along trails long used by the Cherokee, Shawnee and other Indian tribes. A visit to Wise County offers a taste of that first “Old West” in a setting of natural beauty and mountain splendor.