Local History

Grayson County, Virginia has an incredibly rich history and many interesting sites to explore. Whether it’s historic architecture, farms, or the beautiful 1908 Courthouse, there is a diverse and extensive past to discover!

Grayson County History

Grayson County, named for William Grayson, one of Virginia’s first two sentators, was formed in 1793.

By 1802, over 100 families had settled in Grayson- Independence was made the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Independence and served until 1904, when it was condemned. A new courthouse was completed by builder E.L. Robbins in 1908. Today, the Historic 1908 Courthouse functions as the art and cultural center of Grayson County.

Rich with history, Grayson County is proud to have a wealth of information, data, and photographs for genealogic and historic research.

Historic 1908 Courthouse Wedding Venue
Historic 1908 Courthouse, Museum & Treasury Gift Shop
Explore this historic courthouse, museum, and gift shop that also doubles as a beautiful wedding venue
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Historic Fries Theatre
The historic Fries Theatre, in “downtown” Fries is a gathering spot and the hub of the community.
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Matthews Living History Farm
Take a trip back in time by visiting Matthews Living History Farm – also a great wedding venue
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The Historic Goodwill Grange Hall
A great place for many things – a free WIFI hotspot for travelers.