Highland County Virginia
“Virginia’s Switzerland”


The northern gateway to Virginia’s Western Highlands is Highland County, often called “Virginia’s Switzerland” because of its breathtaking mountains and expansive valleys. History is on display in the county seat of Monterey, frequently referred to as one of Virginia’s most picturesque small towns. The oldest house is a log structure built in 1790, while numerous grand Victorian homes built by timber barons between 1875 and 1920 line the streets. In nearby McDowell is one of the state’s most pristine Civil War battlefields where the Battle of McDowell was fought in 1862.




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