Last updated: 4/27/2021
Wytheville, Virginia
Street Address
115 West Spiller Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 730
Wytheville, VA 24382
WCHS Research Library
Monday - Tuesday10 AM - 4 PM
Frances Emerson, Museum Director

The Wythe County Historical Society was organized on April 17, 1970 with a commitment to the preservation, collection and interpretation of Wythe County history in its many forms. WCHS acts in partnership with the Town of Wytheville Department of Museums to assist in identifying and acquiring artifacts and archival materials. The Society also assists in the presentation and protection of the collections owned by the Wythe County Historical Society and the Town of Wytheville that make up the Haller-Gibboney House and the Thomas J. Boyd Museum collection.


The Wythe County Historical Society is committed to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Wythe County history, and seeks to educate the public through public programs and online and printed materials, as well as physical artifacts. The Society partners with and supports the Town of Wytheville Department of Museums to coordinate programs and make artifacts and archival materials accessible to the public to achieve the vision of each organization.


The Society is led by a Board of Directors consisting of: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, three at-large Directors and the Director of Museums. Membership meetings are held in March, June, September, and December. A Society picnic is also held during the summer. Membership meetings are held at the Heritage Preservation Center located at 115 W. Spiller Street.


The Wythe County Historical Society maintains a library at the Heritage Preservation Center located at 115 W. Spiller Street. Here one can find articles pertaining to Wythe County history and conduct genealogical research. Items found in the library include: newspapers, family files and archives, reference books, including the Architectural Resources in Wythe County, and copies of the Wythe County Historical Review. The library offers past issues of the Wythe County Historical Review for sale. The library is staffed by staff members and volunteers. For assistance please call (276) 223-6061 or (276) 223-3330 for more information.

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


The Society has two publications: The Rock House Dispatch, which contains information about the Society and the Town of Wytheville Department of Museums, and the Wythe County Historical Review, which contains articles of local history written by local authors. The Dispatch is printed quarterly while the Review is published annually. The Wythe County Historical Review can also be found at There is a small fee payable through PayPal for the use of this site, and you will need to create an account to access the Review.


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