Planning is underway for the Sesquicentennial celebrations for the Town of Tazewell. 2016 marks 150 years since its incorporation by the Virginia General Assembly in 1866. Originally named Jeffersonville, it was established as the county seat of the new county on land given by William Peery in 1800. The county’s first community was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson who was elected as our country’s third President that same year. On February 29, 1892, the town of Jeffersonville was renamed Tazewell. Jeffersonville was often referred to as Tazewell Court House prior to this date.
The Sesquicentennial Committee has been tasked with planning the celebrations for the year. The event kick-off will be the 2015 Christmas parade on December 5, where the committee presents their float that represents Christmas as it would have been in 1866. They are planning events throughout the 2016 year just for you, which include a Valentine’s Dance, the Tazewell Main Street Mile community walk/run, a parade centered around the Town’s history, a Ball to be held at Crab Orchard Museum, along with many other exciting events! Follow them on their website here and on their Facebook page here to keep up with the plans as they progress – or even better, use their volunteer sign-up page here to help with this momentous occasion!