Wise County Historical Society


Wise County Historical Society was established in August of 1992 as a result of a small group of 14 individuals meeting 1991 in the cafeteria of the Wise Appalachian Regional Hospital in Wise to discuss the possibility of publishing a book on our county and city heritage. From that time on monthly meetings were held which resulted in organizing the Wise County Historical Society in 1992 with 61 charter members. During the following years Wise County Historical Society grew and flourished, peaking at a thousand members from across America.
The first publication was The Heritage of Wise County and The City of Norton-Volume 1.

From the establishing of the Historical Society to the present the Historical Society has published eight books, and three Historical Calendars.


 Wise County Historical Society has partnered with Mountain Empire Community College to continue providing historical records to our patrons.  Books and records for sale will be provided by MECC.  Now available. 

For more information please click the following link to go directly to the MECC Bookstore website.

Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.





Visitors at Wise County Historical Society at the courthouse in Wise

Note:  Wise County Historical Society is no longer located in the Courthouse at Wise.  Meetings will be announced on this website.  

The bookstore at MECC invites you to come in and browse our books for sale.  

Bill and Lillian Gobble will be in the Library  at MECC  on certain days to help with your genealogy research.  Call the Library for hours.

Library – 276-523 -7468

Bookstore Hours:

Normal bookstore operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, year round.

The bookstore will have additional extended hours at the beginning of each semester. During this time, our operating hours will be Monday through Thursday, 8:00am-6:00pm, and Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Students or teachers that may need to make arrangements to visit the bookstore after hours can contact us directly by phone or email.

MEEC Bookstore – 276-523-7461


President:  William “Bill” Gobble
Vice President:
Treasurer:  Wanda May Rose
Secretary:  Fannie Lane Steele

3 Dec 2011, by Fannie Steele














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