1769

Tazewell County settled by Thomas Witten, John Greenup and others.

1773

What is now the Town of Tazewell settled by William Peery and Samuel Ferguson.

1799

On December 20, 1799, the General Assembly of Virginia created Tazewell County from portions of Wythe and Russell Counties.

1800

Jeffersonville was established as the county seat of the new county on land given by William Peery. The county’s first community was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson who was elected as our country’s third President that same year.

1866

The Town of Jeffersonville was incorporated for the first time by the Virginia General Assembly.

1892

On February 29, 1892, the town of Jeffersonville was renamed Tazewell. Jeffersonville was often referred to as Tazewell Court House even prior to this date.

Trolley on Main-edited St
Also in 1892 the first street cars were used in the town. The original trolley was pulled by a horse or a mule until upgraded to electrical cars in 1904. The Town of Tazewell was noted, at that time, as the smallest town in America with an electric street car.

1933

Due to the advent of the automobile, the Tazewell trolley was discontinued in September of 1933.

1963

The Town of Tazewell and the Town of North Tazewell merged on January 1, 1963. The expanded town also annexed the communities of both River Jack and Four Way.

1974

The Tazewell Train Station on the Clinch Valley Line of the Norfolk and Western Railway closed heralding an end to this community serving as the commercial hub of the town.

2010

Boundary adjustments expanded the area of the town to include many sections of the US 19-460 Bypass, the Tazewell Middle School, and the Four Seasons YMCA. The population of the town topped 6,000 due to the expanded boundaries.

(Courtesy of the Tazewell County Historical Society & Dr. Terry W. Mullins)