County seat. Settled by James Alexander in 1774 and originally chartered in 1779. Established by an Act of General Assembly of Virginia, January 6, 1800. So named because in frontier days, the site of the town was a rendezvous for troopers during the Indian wars.
Population, 548; elevation, 2,071 feet; elections held every two years on the second Tuesday in June; officials take office July first.