Welcome to the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia!
Located in downtown Abingdon, Virginia, the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia is headquartered in the old Norfolk & Western Passenger Depot. The Society is the leading center in the region for genealogical and historical research. 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. Any contribution whether through donation or through service will be greatly appreciated.
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January 30, 2017
The society is holding its winter program on Monday, January 30, 2017.
See the details below and make plans to attend!
April 4, 2017
The society is operating on Winter hours until April 4, 2017.
please email or call if you are planning a visit and we will make arrangements to have a volunteer present.
WE HAVE A VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF TWO PREVIOUSLY ISSUED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS: THE 2012 CONFEDERATE SOLDIER MONUMENT AND THE 2014 CHRISTMAS CABOOSE.
Only 3 available
SKETCHES OF OLD ABINGDON
By Muriel Kenly Vance and Elizabeth Baker Grant
The artists (now deceased) were residents of Abingdon and have captured in pen and ink 16 images of the town's historic houses and buildings, circa 1976. Each image is suitable for framing as is. Pages are approximately 12x17. These images are also excellent for an older child to colorize.
Friendliest Town on the Trail
By Bunny Medeiros
The Appalachian Trail was opened by 1937 and by the mid-fifties a handful of people had walked its entire length. As "thru-hiking" took hold, more and more hikers were coming through Damascus, Virginia. Their adventures prompted a change in the character of the town, leading to its reputation of being "the friendliest town on the Trail". In this book you will meet some of the people from the town during that period and learn more about the five trails passing through the area.
Soft Cover, 6 X 9", 111 pages, 2014
Working for Stuarts: Life on One of the Oldest and Largest Cattle Farms East of the Mississippi
By Kathy Shearer
Working for Stuarts reveals the rich history of this immense farming operation whose family roots reach back to 1776. Stories and pictures from the 1900s to the present tell of the lives of the men and women who worked and lived on the four farms: Elk Garden, Rich Mountain, Clifton, and Rosedale.
Soft cover (8 X 10), with 100s of photographs, 2015, 575 pages with index
1850 WASHINGTON COUNTY CENSUS, ANNOTATED
Published by Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 545 pps, Hardbound.
Item: 010 Price: $10.95
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.
NEW T-SHIRT WITH 80th ANNIVERSARY LOGO
All cotton, mid weight, white unisex tee
Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL (please specify on order form)
By Carol Farris Blevins
The essence of Historical Abingdon, Virginia, captured in seventy watercolor and graphite images by artist Carole Farris Blevins, representing some of the most iconic architectural buildings and landscapes in and around the Main Street community. Noted with historical observations, these visual portraits by the artist create a beautiful keepsake of time and place.
Hardcover with Jacket Cover, 9 x 12, 32 pages, 2016
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.
ALONG VIRGINIA'S ROUTE 58
By Joe Tennis
This book is a journey through more than 400 years of history across more than 500 miles of Virginia landmarks, legends, and lore. And all the tales are true! Author Joe Tennis provides a guide to Route 58 with a trail of tales, accompanied by easy driving directons and vivid photography.
Soft Cover, 6 X 9", 205 pages, Index and Bibliography, color and b&w photos
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.
AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER: RECONSTRUCTION IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1865-1870
This essay is an examination of what happened during the Reconstruction Era in one place in the South, Washington County, Virginia. When the Civil War ended, the people struggled to reestablish their economy and cope with the frequently changing political situation. Although most white people bitterly opposed political reconstruction, they persevered and gradually accepted their new situation, rebuilt old institutions, and formed new ones. The time was not as bleak as most would imagine, at least not in this place.
Soft cover, with photographs, 2015, 119 pages with index
Item: 329 Price: $18.99