Minnesota State Highway 34 serves as a main arterial route in the community.
Nevis began as a railway village. A post office was established in 1899, and the village separated from Nevis Township and incorporated in 1921.
The Louis J. Moser House near Nevis was constructed in the early 1900s and used as a fishing camp. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Robert G. Renner, a U.S. federal judge, was born in Nevis in 1923.
The muskie fish is native to the waterways in the area, and is celebrated in Nevis. The Nevis Muskie Days are held each July, and includes a 5K run, a street dance, and numerous vendors. The city is also home to the Nevis Tiger Muskie, a 30 foot-long sculpture.
Nevis is located along the Heartland State Trail, a multi-use recreational rail trail.