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Grayson County Tourism External Link

Grayson County Tourism is a division of the Department of Planning & Community Development. The Tourism Office and Grayson County Visitor Center is located in the Historic 1908 Courthouse, in Independence, Virginia.  Call (276)-773-8002, email:, or  come by the center at 107 East Main Street, for more information.

Independence External Link

The Town of Independence is the County Seat and offers a quaint downtown, dining options and shopping for visitors to Grayson County. Regular festivals and a festive Farmers Market are available for visitors to enjoy. Visit the Town's Website to learn more about the Town of Independence.

Fries, VA External Link

Photo by Cathy Ward Miller

The Town of Fries (pronounced "freeze") is located in Grayson County on the north banks of the New River.  The Town offers year round events, a regular traditional music jam and scenic views of the New River. The town was named for Colonel Francis Fries of Salem, North Carolina. Visit the Town of Fries website to learn more about the rich history of this cotton mill town.

Troutdale, VA External Link

Troutdale is a gateway to the western peaks of Grayson. This historic town features a post-office and a bank. The nearby Fox Creek General Store offers supplies for camping and a great diner to catch a bite after you hike the many trails of the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area. The link provides the rich history of Troutdale during it's "boom years".

History of Grayson County

Photo by Carl Caudill II

Grayson County was formed in 1793 from part of Wythe County and was named for William Grayson, one of Virginia's first two senators.  Visit the website to read about the interesting evolution from the log barn, to the Historic 1908 Courthouse and the current-day government complex.

Grayson County Sheriff External Link

"There is nothing more important than the safety and security of you and your family. We, the men and women of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with our community, are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by maintaining order, protecting life and property, and reducing the fear of crime." - Richard Vaughan, Sheriff