Daylong Cultural Adventure

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Daylong Cultural Adventure

Searching for a daylong exploration of cultural and historic attractions near Norton? We've got you covered!
See suggested trip itineraries below. Check out the Area Attractions page for more ideas.

Day Tripper: Cultural Immersion

Early Exploration: Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park

SWVA Museum.jpgSouthwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, Big Stone Gap

Spend the morning exploring some of Southwest Virginia's rich history.

  • Take an abbreviated tour of the Southwest Virginia region's history by visiting Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park. Open most days March through December. See the museum website for more details, including admission fees and hours of operation.
  • Also visit the John Fox, Jr. Museum, which was the home of author John Fox Jr. and where he wrote Trail of the Lonesome Pine, 14 other novels, and more than 500 short stories. See the website link above for more details, including admission fees and hours of operation. Click Driving Directions from Norton.
  • There is also the Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum, which offers a look at coal mining and how the industry has influenced local communities and culture. See the website link above for more details, including location and hours of operation.
  • Eat lunch in downtown Norton at one of these Local Restaurants
  • After lunch, take a stroll through downtown Norton to the Wise County Chamber of Commerce where a roadside plaque outside the office offers an abbreviated version of Norton's history. Also, walk past Norton City Hall where a Cannon said to be from the U.S.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides," sits. It's dedicated to those from Wise County who died fighting in World War I.

Afternoon Adventure: History, Wine, and Art

MountainRose.JPGMountainRose Vineyard, Wise

Spend the day exploring several attractions in the neighboring town of Wise. 

  • Take a stroll across the University of Virginia's College at Wise campus. The land where the college sits has a long History. Walk the campus grounds using one of these Suggested Routes. Driving Directions to the college from downtown Norton.
  • Visit MountainRose Vineyard, located about five miles from the college and pictured above. Driving Directions from UVa-Wise. The vineyard is located on a reclaimed surface mine. Vineyard tours and wine tastings are available, and MountainRose also hosts several monthly special events.
  • Stop by the Inn at Wise. The century-old Inn was recently restored and, in addition to offering overnight accommodations, the building is a mini-art gallery, featuring photographs and other artwork by local artisans. Driving Directions from MountainRose Vineyard.
  • Eat at the Inn's Pub & Tap Room or Return to downtown Norton for dinner.

Evening Entertainment: Artistic Performance

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