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.




Veteran Video Interviews


Veterans Advisory Board of the Town of Abingdon, Virginia

The Veterans Advisory Board of the Town of Abingdon, Virginia, is developing an exciting new project to honor and raise awareness of veterans throughout Southwest Virginia. This initiative involves interviewing veterans with connections to Washington County, Virginia, and sharing their stories through brief, edited videos on the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia's YouTube channel. Established by the Town of Abingdon in 2022, the advisory board aims to celebrate and document the experiences of veterans in the region.

The project, known as Veteran Voices of Southwest Virginia, features a compilation of video recordings collected the advisory board and archived by the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia. The ongoing program includes stories from veterans living across Southwest Virginia. All veterans in the region are invited to participate in ten-minute interviews about their military experiences, which will be video-recorded and eventually made available online.

Veterans gather on the first Tuesday and the third Saturday of each month at the Food City Deli in Abingdon, Virginia. For more information contact Kim Kingsley, Abingdon Town Clerk, at (276) 492-2149.





Saturday, July 27, 2024


2024 Headstone and Monument Cleaning Seminar

On Saturday, July 27th, 2024, Charlie Barnette, an expert in local cemetery history and cemetery maintenance, will host a seminar on headstone and monument cleaning at the Sinking Spring Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia. Charlie will discuss and demonstrate the proper way to clean monuments and headstones without damaging them. Charlie has been doing this for many years in Washington County, and if you see a cemetery with an old headstone which has been newly cleaned, it’s probably one of Charlie’s projects. Charlie will host the seminar at 11:00 AM and will hold a second, continuing seminar later in the day during the Cemetery Tour from 4:30 to 7:15 PM. Please contact the Society at office@hswcv.org or 276-623-8337 or contact Charlie at brisbotls@hotmail.com if you have any questions about the seminar.

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.

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D2 Headstone Cleaning Kit


In response to recent inquiries, the Historical Society has put together a headstone cleaning kit. The kit has been assembled by our resident expert on cemeteries and headstones, Charlie Barnette, who has extensive experience in the repair and restoration of cemetery monuments. The kit contains a one quart spray bottle of D2 Biological Solution, a brush, a pair of gloves, two toothbrushes, two picking sticks, and an instruction sheet. The price is $55 per kit plus tax. It is currently available as an in-house sale at the library. You can stop by the library to pick it up. At this point we aren't offering the kit as an online purchase but if you would like to place an order by phone, please call the office at 276-623-8337 or send an email to office@hswcv.org. If you need the kit shipped then you will need to contact us before buying the kit to work out the details and shipping costs. Also, if you would like to discuss how to use the kit with Charlie you can bring it to the seminar and/or contact Charlie by email at brisbotls@hotmail.com We are excited about this new offering and hope there will be enough interest to keep the kit in stock.

NOTE: The kit is NOT required to attend the seminar.





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