The Town of Mason, also sometimes called Mason City, was chartered in 1856 by the General Assembly of Virginia. Once known as Waggener’s Bottom, Mason is believed to be named for Mason County, which was named for George Mason, a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention.
This small river town of approximately 950 people boasts a low crime rate. It has a first-class pleasure boat launching facility that is adjoined by a park with playground. The park is the location of a summer music series, as well as several festivals and recreational events.
Mason was the home of the first official state historian, Virgil A. Lewis, who was also the first state superintendent of schools. A reading park now stands in his memory on the site of his former home on Brown Street.
Two businesses in Mason have a vast history and have been passed down through generations of family members. Hogg & Zuspan Materials Co., Inc. was established over 70 years ago in 1948, while Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Inc. has been in business over 50 years, having been established in 1970. The town has newer businesses, as well, including Walmart, three financial institutions, and many restaurants. More information on our local businesses can be found by clicking on our business tab.
Wahama High School is located in Mason with 400 students in grades 7 through 12. Home of the “White Falcons,” the Class A school boasts a state championship athletic program, with titles in baseball, softball, and football.