Including Atkins, Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville, and Whitetop

Smyth County

VIRGINIA

General Francis Marion Hotel Marion, VA

 

The Town of Marion is located at exits nos. 44, 45 & 47 on Interstate 81, and sits at an elevation of about 2,200 feet above mean sea level (2,178.460 feet at USGS marker along Main Street at the old National Bank Building), has grown from 27 acres in 1849 to its current size of 3.4 square miles or 2,176 acres, and a population of 6,349. The Town in addition to serving as the gateway to Hungry Mother State Park, with its annual Arts and Crafts Festival, the Jefferson National Forest, the headquarters of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and the Appalachian Trail, is the home to historic Lincoln Theatre, one of the last three remaining Mayan revival theaters in America. Marion moves into the 21st Century with continued vigor and optimism.

 

Marion has so much history that makes it the town it is today. Have you every heard of William "Bill" Jones? As a local businessman during 1959 to 1962, he experimented with different flavors and created what is now the nationally successful soft drink "Mountain Dew" at Marion's Tip Bottling Company, which is now the home of Hungate Business Services. In 1964 he sold the soft drink "Mountain Dew" to Pepsico. Another local entrepreneur, Edward Wyatt, developed coal mining equipment which held the open-face mining record for several years during the 1980"s. (Marion, Virginia)

 

 

History of Marion, Virginia

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