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Independence VA

Independence Virginia
“In God We Will Grow”

Town of Independence VA

The town of Independence is located in Grayson County in the Virginia Highlands of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Independence is a full-service community along the Virginia’s Crooked Road, and the county seat of Grayson County. Situated in scenic Southwest Virginia, Independence serves as the eastern gateway to Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Grayson Highlands State Park. The New River, with numerous outfitters, flows just adjacent to town. Regardless of which direction from the town limits, visitors have an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Independence hosts a large, regional celebration every July 4th and hosts the annual Mountain Foliage Festival and Grand Privy Races the second Saturday of October.

History of Independence VA

The town of Independence VA was founded in 1850 as the settlement of a dispute about where to locate the county seat. At that time, a controversy arose between the people of Old Town and people of the Elk Creek area. Each group wanted the County seat in its area. The final decision, made by three commissioners from adjacent counties, was to locate on the site favored by a group of “independents” and to call the town Independence. These commissioners hiked to the top of Point Lookout Mountain and looked down into a grove of trees where 5 streams met and decided that would be the site for the new county seat.

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