At 2,000 feet, Nickelsville is the town with the highest elevation in the county. Featuring friendly citizens, home-town charm, and three unique historical landmarks, it is well worth a visit. Nickelsville is located north of Gate City on Route 72.
Nickelsville was named after a mercantile store run by the Nickels brothers. Although the store is no longer visible, several historic landmarks from that era still exist. The Ole Nickelsville Hotel, now a guest house, served travelers and was also a boardinghouse for rural children who stayed in Nickelsville while going to school. A couple of miles west, the Kilgore Fort House dates from a hundred years earlier when raids by Native Americans prompted European settlers to build fortified homes. In the other direction, Bush Mill is the only still operational grist mill in our region.
Before going into Nickelsville, a detour at Creation Kingdom Zoo will be a treat for the entire family. The Zoo is located on Snowflake Road, between Gate City and Nickelsville, and is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species.
Those looking for old-fashioned family fun will find it in abundance in Nickelsville as well. Punkin’ Patch invites you to pick your own pumpkin, then enjoy a hay ride,
corn maze, and petting zoo. While you’re in the area, why not check out Bush Mill days in October and Nickelsville Days in May? Or stop by Keith Memorial Park to visit a beautiful war memorial honoring Scott County veterans back to the Revolutionary War.
Nickelsville is also home to one of the newest Crooked Road affiliate music venues–Allen Hicks Friday Night Jams, 1844 Bethel Road, Nickelsville, Virginia. Go on over to Allen’s Friday night to see pickers of all variety–from amateur to professional. The venue is free, but donations are appreciated.
Keith Memorial Park: located in Nickelsville, features a playground baseball fields, basketball court, amphitheater, concessions and a War Memorial.