Historical Society of
Washington County, Virginia
306 Depot Square
P.O. Box 484
Abingdon, VA 24212-0484
Open 10-4 pm Tuesday-Friday
Open 11-4 pm Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday
The society is closed on all Federal holidays and closes during inclement winter weather. The library is staffed by volunteers and there are times when we do not have enough staff available to keep the library open five days a week. If you are planning a trip to visit us, please call ahead to be sure we will be open.
CIVIL WAR HISTORY BROCHURE
Click here to view and print the Washington County, Virginia Civil War History Brochure, with a walking tour of Abingdon sites.
THE CIVIL WAR TRAILS PROGRAM
The Civil War Trails program has installed more than 1,000 interpretive markers at Civil War sites in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina. Driving tours following major campaigns have been created, and a series of regional brochures is available.
Click here to go to Civil War Trails-Virginia.
2015 ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER
The Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Historical Society will be held on Friday May 29, 2015, at the SW Virginia Higher Education Center.
The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with a social hour (wine will be available for purchase by the glass) and an opportunity to view the items included in the live auction which follows. After the auction, a short business session will be held. The buffet dinner, catered by J.J.’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, will then be served.
Our after-dinner speaker is Frank Kilgore, prominent Wise County attorney and author. He will be speaking about his latest book, "Far Southwest Virginia: A Postcard and Photographic Journey", which was published in November 2014. Copies will also be available for purchase and autographing.
May is Society membership renewal month; letters will be mailed shortly. If you wish to renew online, just click on the card to access the Memberships section of our Store page. The dues and Membership levels are shown in the information there, as well as a link to submit your payment.
HSWCV FACEBOOK GROUP
Keep up with what's going on with the Society and share research with other members on our Facebook group page, "Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia".
Click this 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.
2014 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
A Class C-32P caboose #555091 was donated to the Town of Abingdon by Norfolk Southern in 2007. Now restored to its previous glory, the caboose stands in Depot Square (Caboose Park), between the 1869 Freight Depot - now the Arts Depot - and the 1910 N & W Passenger Depot - home of the Historical Society. The caboose is on public display and available for interior viewing during special events.
This Matrimonial Certificate has been digitally reproduced from a late 1800's Washington County family Bible. It is printed on matt finish 13x19 inch photo paper (so the names can be written in), and is suitable for framing. This would make a unique gift for a wedding, anniversary, or any special family occasion. The Certificate is not printed until ordered, and is sent by regular mail only.
1850 WASHINGTON COUNTY CENSUS, ANNOTATED
By Waverly W. Barbe
Edited by Ms. Shelby Ireson Edwards
Published in 2000 by Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 545 pps, Hardbound.
Annotations include data on the heads of families and their children listed with them in the 1850 Census and those from after 1850 to the same families. Data was drawn from tombstone inscriptions, family and Bible records, published genealogies, county records of births, deaths, marriages, and wills, and the 1840, 1860, and the 1870 censuses of the county.
Price: $19.95 SALE! $5.95
NEW BOOK by local author Joe Tennis
Join author Joe Tennis as he explores restored train stations, discovers a railroad's lost island graveyard and crosses the commonwealth on its idyllic paths.
Softcover, 2014, 254 pps., including index.
PEN AND INK SKETCH OF ABINGDON, CIRCA 1845
Abingdon, sketched about 1845 by Henry Howe and published in Historical Collections of Virginia, 1852. The sheet is 8.5 x 11 inches and the image area of the sketch is 8.5 x 6.25 inches. Printed on cream colored heavy stock and suitable for framing.
HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA TO 1865
by James W. Hagy
James Hagy is a Washington County native and retired professor of history at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. Dr. Hagy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Washington County, VA.
The book is divided into 12 chapters, organized according to subject from "The Land and the People" and "Earliest Times", to the "Civil War". To quote the author, "I have sought to give an accurate account of the events in Washington County until the end of the Civil War and to make known much that has been overlooked in the past."
Hardcover, 2013, 306 pps. including index.