Wytheville, Virginia

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Wytheville is a town in Wythe County, Virginia, United States. The population was 7,804 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wythe County[3]. The town is home to a Chautauqua Festival, held the third weekend in June every year since 1985. The Festival features live concerts, stage magic, arts and crafts, hot air ballooning, dance, children's activities and diverse carnival-style food. The Festival is held at Elizabeth Brown Memorial Park and is cosponsored by the county, town and the Wythe Arts Council [4]. The town's name is pronounced "WITH-vill".

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Geography

Wytheville is located at 36°56′52″N 81°5′13″W / 36.94778°N 81.08694°W / 36.94778; -81.08694 (36.947679, -81.086955)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.3 square miles (37.0 km²), of which, 14.3 square miles (37.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.14%) is water.

Wytheville is an important point on both I-77 and I-81 and lies amidst a Wrong-way concurrency of I-77 and I-81. It is located about halfway between Bristol, TN or Bristol, VA and Roanoke, VA. On the I-77 corridor, it is located about halfway between Charleston, WV and Charlotte, North Carolina. The nearby community of Fort Chiswell is the control city for the northbound traffic on I-77 coming from Charlotte, Statesville, Elkin, and Mount Airy, North Carolina. In the near future, Interstate 74 will go through Wytheville in addition to the two other interstates.

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