The dounset dates tae the saxteent century. It began tae grow when a railwey station wis opened in 1899. Võhma wis namit a burgh in 1945 an a toun in 1993. In the period frae 1928 tae 1996 it wis lairgely kent for its slauchterhoose. The closur o the slauchterhoose caused a spike in unemployment, but the toun haes somewha reboondit syne then.