Founded in 1789, Wythe County is a place rich with cultural and commercial heritage. For centuries, people have passed through these valleys as they made their way west into what was once the frontier. Wythe County developed a strong agricultural economy that exists to this day and remains one of Virginia’s most prolific counties in agricultural products.
Over the past two centuries, Wythe County has grown to be an important commercial center in Western Virginia with a diverse economic base. From manufacturing to beverage production and from automotive components to product packaging, the array of products produced here is broad.
Wythe County has two towns inside its boundaries, Wytheville and Rural Retreat, and a number of smaller communities throughout.
Wythe County is governed by a seven-member Board of Supervisors and the County is run on a day-to-day basis by a County Administrator and staff. Currently, the Board of Supervisors is led by Chairman Brian Vaught and Wythe County’s Administrator is Stephen Bear.