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Town of Bluefield

As you cross the Virginia/West Virginia state line entering Tazewell County at Bluefield, your first stop should be our Visitors Center located at 200 Sanders Lane off Routes 19/460. The Visitors Center, once the “Rosie Trigg

Cottage,” is on the property of the Sanders House, a late 19th century home which was the centerpiece of a 3,000 acre farm. The Visitors Center supplies tourism information for Tazewell County, southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia. It also offers traditional mountain crafts by local artisans.

The Sanders House Center serves as a Museum and exhibits the coal, railroad and agriculture heritage of the area.


Bluefield, Virginia is “ Virginia’s Tallest Town” and stands 3,800 feet above sea level. It’s the largest town in the county and dates to the early 1860’s under the name of Graham. In a historical “marriage” on July 12, 1924, featuring a Virginia “bride” and West Virginia “groom,” the name was changed from Graham to Bluefield, uniting it with Bluefield, West Virginia. The name “ Bluefield” was inspired by native bluegrass and a species of chicory that sports a bright blue flower.

Bluefield is home to the Bluefield Orioles Triple A baseball team and Bluefield College.

Town of Bluefield Home Page


The Graham

Historical Society provides you with information for walking and driving tours of beautiful old homes and old churches. The Bluefield Area Recreation Trails and Transportation System gives hikers and bikers a low impact view of this lovely old town.


The Sanders House Center

Poised on land that now also hosts the Tazewell County Visitors Center, the Sanders House was

completed in 1896. Its gorgeous solid oak woodwork, original mural and furniture are wonderfully preserved. The “house museum” includes Sanders family documents, pictures, and collections. Space is being renovated for community meetings, showers, weddings and receptions; the oak staircase is perfect for a bridal procession. The granary, smokehouse, and cottage outbuildings have been renovated for community and tourism-related purposes.

The grounds are graced with an oak tree believed to be more than 250 years old. The Sanders House is a historical treasure, preserving aspects of past and contemporary grace. Some of the old photos featured in this brochure are courtesy of the Sanders family. Please call before coming to assure the Sanders House Center is open: 276.326.6680

Tazewell County Visitors Center

Sanders House Center
200 Sanders Lane
Bluefield, VA 24605
Near Highway 460 at the
Highway 720 exit.


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