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.
If you wish to join or 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.
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.
CHECK IT OUT!The Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia maintains one of the largest collections of digitized historical photographs and documents relating to this region.
OUR DIGITAL COLLECTIONS CONTINUE TO GROW!
We now have over 27,000 photographs and over 52,000 pages of documents that may be searched and viewed at our Abingdon location. Our online digital collection indices (People, Places and Objects, and Documents) may be searched by name only. All images are available for purchase for personal use. Commercial use may be arranged by request.
Updated HSWCV Digital Collection Indices
HSWCV FACEBOOK GROUP
Keep up with what's going on with the Society and chat with other members on our Facebook group page, Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia.
2013 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
In honor of the Barter Theatre's 80th birthday, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a replica of the front stained glass window. The window was a gift to Barter from Dwight Allen Boyd in 1996. All of the glass used in the window was made prior to 1890.
Item: 218 Price: $18.00
Lapel or cap pin, actual size is 2" x 1.5"
Item: 051 Price: $5.95 SALE: $4.00
SKETCHES OF OLD ABINGDON
MAKES A GREAT ART/HISTORY PROJECT
FOR AN OLDER CHILD!
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.
Item: 039 Price: $5.00 SALE: $2.50
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.
Item: 010 Price: $19.95 SALE! $5.95
by Amy D. Clark and Nancy M. Hayward
Tradition, community, and pride are fundamental aspects of the history of Appalachia, and the language of the region is a living testament to its rich heritage. Despite unflattering sterotypes and cultural discrimination associated with their style of speech, Appalachians have organized to preserve regional dialects - complex forms of English peppered with words, phrases, and pronounciations unique to the area and its people. "Talking Appalachian" examines these distinctive speech varities and emphasizes their role in expressing local history and promoting a shared identity.
Item: 329 Price: $32.00
2014 HISTORICAL SOCIETY CALENDAR
The 2014 Historical Society Calendar is here!
Filled with fascinating vintage photographs and historical references, the new calendar is for sale at the Society Library in the Train Depot or it can be ordered online by clicking on the ORDER button below.
Item: 041 Price: $13.30
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.
Item: 328 Price: $47.50