Pearisburg Pearisburg Angels Rest

Pearisburg is the county seat of Giles and has existed as a town since 1808. The original name of this town was Giles Court House. Pearisburg was established when Capt. George Pearis donated 53 acres in 1806.


DowntownPearisburg, VA is a small town steeped in history. We invite you to visit our town attractions, shop at our local businesses and participate in our events and festivals, strengthening your knowledge and appreciation for local cultures and traditions.

Pearisburg offers attractions and activities for everyone. Choose from hiking the Appalachian Trail, touring the historic architecture, viewing art in public places, shopping at the community market, geocaching, playing on the New River and more.

Experience our downtown, rich with heritage assets. Notable buildings include the First National Bank of Pearisburg (1906), Western Hotel (Thomas building 1827), Pearis Theater (1940), Giles County Sheriff?s Office and Jail (1937-38), St. Elizabeth Hospital Building (1920), Giles County Motor Company Building (1923-1924), Christ Episcopal Church (1910), the Giles County Courthouse (1836) and the Andrew Johnston House (1829).

Did you know that in 1862, the 23rd Ohio Regiment of the Union Army used Dr. Johnston's Office (1857) as headquarters for four days during the American Civil War, Colonel Rutherford B. Hayes and Major William B. McKinley, who went on to become our nation's 19th and 25th presidents, commanded the Regiment.

See Giles County's story unfold at the Historical Society. The Andrew Johnston House property museum hosts many items of historical interest that present and former county residents have donated. Trace the names of Giles County families at the research room, which contains many documents of interest to Giles County historians and genealogists.

See the final resting place of Captain George Pearis who passed on Nov 4, 1810 at the Pearis Cemetery.

Movie buffs! Get the behind-the-scenes look at downtown Pearisburg and the Giles County Courthouse, featured in the movie, Wish You Well.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, Pearisburg has Hiking, Water and More!

Grab your hiking boots to trek Angels Rest. Pearisburg is an Appalachian Trail Community and is located along the AT's corridor. Head to Whitt-Riverbend Park to walk a paved trail along the New River. Experience the serenity of the park at sunrise and sunset by camping at one of the primitive campsites. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you sit or fish along the riverbanks of the New River.

Rarely travel without the kids? Pearisburg Town Park has playground equipment and a picnic shelter.

Discover the recreational opportunities available on the New River. Local outfitters provide tube, canoe, raft, kayak and fishing trips.

Pearisburg is the location of many geocaching caches. Extend your stay and search for all the caches throughout Giles County.

For art lovers, enjoy Pearisburg's Art in Public Places projects. Take a free tour of the town murals and Wall of Art. The town has five painted murals: two on route 100, one on Tazewell Street, one on Wenonah Avenue and the last in the lobby of the Carillion Hospital. In addition, there is a tiled Wall of Art, located behind the Giles County Treasurers Office.

Tour the town river sculptures. Elements of the sculptures come from New River cleanup activities, and the boat ramps and roadways in Giles County. The sculptures stimulate conversation about trash, recycling and conservation. They are also an example of one way to use recycled materials in artwork. This exhibit will open the summer of 2015.

Growing Local-Cooking Fresh in the slogan for Pearisburg's local and regional food programs!

 Watch chef demos, take a cooking class, shop for local and regional products, and enjoy weekly events at the Pearisburg Community Open-Air Market on Wenonah Avenue. Open May-October on Saturdays from 9-2 and the third Thursday of the month from 4-8, the market is a family friendly activity.

 Special events at the market include a wine garden and live music on the lawn on every third Thursday. The second Saturday is brew day at the market. One VA brewery per month will showcase a minimum of two beers.  Food is available at the FARM TABLE, which uses many of the local and regional products sold at the marketplace.

 Farm to Fork cooking classes are offered April- November. Check out the calendar of events scheduled at the marketplace, and the cooking class schedule online or at the town office.

For a complete listing of Pearisburg restaurants, food and beverage, unique shopping, camping and accomodations, town festivals and events Visit Pearisburg.org or search Pearisburg Community Market or Pearisburg Farm to Fork on Facebook.