Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia
News and Events

Welcome to the news and events page for the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia. Here you'll find the latest updates, announcements, and happenings from our organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of our region. Whether it's an upcoming program exploring a fascinating chapter of our past, a special exhibit showcasing local artifacts and archives, or a community event bringing residents together to experience history firsthand, this page is your gateway to staying informed about all the ways the Historical Society works to educate and engage with our community. We invite you to check back regularly as we share news and details on the various programs and activities offered throughout the year.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Plumb Alley Day

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, during Plumb Alley Day, the Historical Society will have items for sale in our parking lot and inside the museum/library. So, stop by and see what's for sale and view our latest museum presentation. The Plumb Alley Day event, which runs from 9AM to 3PM, is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Abingdon.

HELP! We need more volunteers from 8 am to 1 pm. If interested, please contact Nancy Leasure at 276-628-4052 or neleasure@aol.com. If you cannot get hold of Nancy, just send an email to office@hswcv.org.

Plumb Alley is the shaded picturesque east/west alley that parallels and runs one block north of Main Street in Abindgon. The event features food, music, dance performances, children’s activities, and an extensive yard sale sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. More than 100 vendors sell pottery, art, photographs, crafts, jewelry, antiques, and innumerable other items. The event attracts some 4,000 to 6,000 residents and visitors.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

2024 Annual Dinner/Business Meeting

Save the date! The Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Historical Society will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024, 6 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. We’ll have a program, dinner, annual report and a little bit of business.

It is planned that Social Hour will start at 6 PM with a wine bar (tips or BYOB). The Business meeting will begin at 6:30 PM followed by a buffet at 7PM. The program will start at 7:45 PM. Food City will cater the event.

Saturday, July 27, 2024

2024 Living History Tour Of The Sinking Spring Cemetery

On Saturday, July 27th, from 4:30 to 7:15 PM, the Historical Society will be hosting a Living History Tour of the Sinking Spring Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia. In the 1770's, the cemetery was established by the Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church on 11 acres of land in Abingdon. The land was purchased by the Church from Dr. Thomas Walker, an explorer and wealthy land speculator who was promoting the development of the Town of Abingdon. A stroll in the cemetery takes you back through to the earliest history of the Town and County. During the Living History Tour, a guide will join you and a small group for a walk by historical interpreters in period costume who will tell stories of past local residents.

Tickets will go on sale at the cemetery at 4:30PM, July 27th at $5 per person at the gate (cash only). Tours will begin at 4:45 PM with the last tour starting at 7:15 PM. Each tour will last about 45 minutes to an hour. The content of the tour is appropriate for families; however, very small children may become tired or bored. There is nothing scary about the presentations or the location. Since the ground is uneven, we recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes. To reach the cemetery from Interstate 81 in Virginia, take Exit 17, Abingdon, Virginia. Turn North off the exit onto Cummings St. After 0.8 miles, turn left onto W. Main Street for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Russell Rd. NW for a few hundred feet. The cemetery is located behind the Historical Society building and there will be free parking either along the street or in the Society parking lot. Show Sinking Spring Cemetery On Google Maps