If you are a fan of baseball, you need look no further than Bowen Field in Bluefield, Virginia. The Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Club played every summer since the late 1950’s until 2010 and the Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League Club has been playing every summer since 2011. The Princeton Rays, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays plays, at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton, WV, some 20 minutes away. The annual Blue-Gray Horse Show draws thousands of enthusiasts each year and is held adjacent to the city park. In 2000, the Graham Historical Society gained ownership of the Sanders House. This historic structure was constructed in the late 1800’s and is one of the architectural landmarks of the community. The house, outbuildings and yard are currently listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. The Sanders family has graciously donated original furnishings, artifacts and papers to be displayed in the house. The Tazewell County Visitor’s Center, also on the grounds, is housed in a former tenant house known as the “Rosie Trigg Cottage.” Open 9-5 seven days a week, the visitor center is the only county owned and operated visitor center in southwestern Virginia. The Bailey Log Home has also been relocated to this area and is used as a tourist attraction.
There are many events throughout the area that residents like to attend. Athens Town Social Bramwell Home Tours Country Craft Guild Show Italian Heritage Festival Four Seasons Women’s Conference Bluefield Coal Rally Oktoberfest Parkways Authority Fall Festival Princeton Summerfest West Virginia State Fair Better Living Show Tazewell County Fair Shriner’s Oyster Dinner The Old Time Fiddlers Convention Bramwell Millionaire Homecoming Bluefield Blue-Gray Horse Show Holiday of Lights Nat’l Railroad Historical Society Train Show Bluefield Coal Show Lemonade Days Mountain Bike Challenge Civil War Re-Enactment Monte Carlo Night Cole Chevy Mountain Festival Mercer County’s Bluestone Valley Fair Nemours Ruritan Harvest Festival Chicory Square Summer Concert Series Ground Hog Breakfast Kicks Country Annual Homecoming Sunset in the Square Evening Shade Autumn Jamboree Wings & Wheels Mercer County Heritage Festival PMCCC AutumnFest PMCCC Women’s Expo PMCCC ShrimpFeast Music in the Square Summer Concert Series All Together Arts Week Bluefield Downtown Street Fair Culturefest Camp Creek Fall Festival Southern Thunder Bramwell Ghost Tours Winter Warmer Bluefield Lemon Drop Downtown Countdown Folks interested in the history of the region can visit the historic Pocahontas Exhibition Mine in Pocahontas, Virginia, and the Beckley Exhibition Mine, in Beckley ,West Virginia, to get a feel of what it was like to mine coal, or cross over the ridge to Bramwell, WV to see how the mine owners and superintendents lived. The historic Crab Orchard Museum, in Tazewell, Virginia offers a glimpse of the lifestyle for the earliest residents of the region. The Sanders House Museum offers an opportunity to view farm life in the early 1900s.
Those who are interested in the cultural arts will find regular performances at the Summit Players in Bluefield, WV. Professional stage shows can be seen at the Wohlfhart Haus Theatre in Wytheville, the Amphitheater in Pipestem State Park, and the Barter Theatre in Abingdon. You can also find performances at the WV Theatre and at local college theaters around the area. Other historic sites around the area are: The Hatfield and McCoy Trail, Higginbotham Museum, Mercer County War Museum, Virginia City Gem Mine, Eastern Regional Coal Archives, Wiley Cabin and Museum, Four Seasons Antique Mall, Hokes Mill Covered Bridge, Lick Creek Natural Area, Lost World Caverns, Grayson Highlands, Burkes Garden, Vietnam Memorial, Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum, Landmark Antique Mall, Hank Williams Sr. Memorial Bridge, The Southwest Virginia Museum, Camp Washington Carver, Historic Bramwell, Pocahontas Exhibition Mine, Princeton Railroad Museum, Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park, The McNutt House, Chuck Mathena Center Brainerd’s Galley Coal Heritage Interpretive Center The Ugly Duckling Antique Store Mercer County Agricultural Museum Spear Head Trail If you enjoy resorts, Bluefield has a nice selection within a 2 hour drive. Some of these are: Canaan Valley Resort located in Davis, WV, the Greenbrier Resort located in White Sulphur Springs, WV, Mountain Lake Resort located in Pembroke, Virginia, Glade Springs Resort located in Daniels, WV, Winter Place Ski Resort in Ghent, WV, and the Homestead, which is located in Hot Springs, Virginia. All of these resorts have a wide variety of entertainment, fine dining, luxury, and relaxation.
The Town of Bluefield, Virginia also has numerous State Parks within a 2 hour drive. Camp Creek, New River Trail, Creeper Trail, Pinnacle Rock, Babcock, Twin Falls, Pipestem, Bluestone Lake, and Moncove Lake are all located just across the line in West Virginia. In Virginia we have Smith Mountain Lake, Hungry Mother, and Claytor Lake state parks.