Located in downtown Abingdon, Virginia, the Historical Society of Washington County (HSWCV) is headquartered on Main Street. Since its founding in 1936 the Society has grown from a small collection housed in founders' homes into one of the finest small historical and genealogical research facilities in Virginia. The Society has achieved this reputation through the depth of our holdings and the ability to make information easily searchable and available to visiting researchers. We have a reference library of over 7,000 volumes, and searchable databases of over one million indexed records (the index is available on this site), and over 180,000 digital images of photographs and historical documents. The Society also owns many rare artifacts pertaining to the history of the county. Our Vision is to be an educational resource and community leader committed to collecting, preserving and sharing the records of people, places and events, so that future generations may find common interest and knowledge in the unique heritage of our County and surrounding region. We encourage you to visit us, either in person or online, and find your Southwest Virginia roots.
In addition to using our website, we invite you to visit our HSWCV Facebook group. Keep up with what's going on with the Society and share research with other members on our Facebook group page. Just click on the Facebook icon to log in to Facebook and go straight to our group page. Anyone can read the posts, but to be able to reply, ask to join. You will be added to the group within a day or two. We currently have over 3,000 members so there are lots of possible undiscovered cousins out there!Most of our staff are volunteers. We derive funding from memberships, donations and store sales. Monies received are used to meet library operating expenses and for the preservation of our regional history. Your donation supports our mission to collect and preserve the history of Washington County, Virginia. Please give what you can. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.
So whether you would like to volunteer, become a member, or just visit as you are passing through town, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to browse or search our website and, if you can, come by and see us. Oh, and leave a review at TRIP ADVISOR by clicking the link on the right. The feedback will help us improve the services we provide to visitors. We make sure to read each review so tell us how your feel about your visit.
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To keep our members up to date on the latest activities at the Society, the HSWCV publishes two to three newsletters a year. We maintain an archive of the latest issues online. Just click on the links below to view both the current issue and preceding back issues. Please contact us if you would like to contribute content or help with editing the newsletter. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.March 2019
Volunteering is the cornerstone of the Society organization and activities. Volunteer opportunities range from greeting visitors, program and event planning, genealogy research, assisting guests in the research library, researching and setting up new exhibits in the museum, and cataloging items. We seek a diverse group of volunteers of any age who can apply their skills, interests and experiences to a wide range of assignments either on a regular basis or for a one time project/event. Please consider volunteering, your help and support are needed.
To inquire about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Society by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-276-623-8337. We would love to hear from you.
BECOME A SOCIETY MEMBER
Members of the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia are joined in a profound respect for history and share a sense of duty to maintain the historical record of the past people, places, and events which have defined our region. We invite you to join us in our preservation efforts. Become a member and receive exclusive discounts and privileges, including: invitations to member-only events, a subscription to the Society Newsletter, and member access to research resources.
If you wish to apply or renew, just click on the icon to the right to access the Memberships section of our Store page. You may also call the office at 276-623-8337 and mail us a check for your dues.