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
THE TOBIAS SMYTH LOG CABIN HAS BEEN MOVED...but not very far.
This past summer, the Tobias Smyth log cabin was moved about 150 feet west of its previous location on the Emory and Henry College campus. The cabin was built around 1770 and was originally located about a mile north of the Crawford Farm (the current location of the Emory and Henry campus). In 1929, the original log structure was moved onto the campus to ensure its preservation. Since it is a two story structure made from hewn logs, the building is formally identified as a log house rather than a log cabin and is referred to as the Tobias Smyth house. As suggested by the historical record, the Tobias Smyth house is the "birthplace" of Emory and Henry College. It was in this structure that the first plans for the college and the name of (John) Emory and (Patrick) Henry were formalized during meetings between Tobias Smyth and the Reverend Creed Fulton.
The house has been moved to accommodate the construction of the Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts. It is currently closed to visitors until construction is completed. If you want to remotely view construction progress, a webcam has been setup to provide a view of the site. Just click on the following link to see what is going on...
Center of the Arts Construction Webcam
If you would like to see a picture gallery of the cabin relocation, click on the following link...
Picture Gallery of the Cabin Relocation
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.
CAN YOU HELP SAVE SMYTH CHAPEL?
Smyth Chapel United Methodist Church is in danger of being demolished. Concerned members of the community are considering a range of preservation plans for this historic building including moving the Chapel onto the Emory and Henry College campus. If you would like to be involved in this effort, please contact Sally Morgan or David Jackson through the Emory United Methodist Church, Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 12:30pm, 276-944-6842.
2014 HISTORICAL SOCIETY CALENDAR
Get yours before they're all gone!
Filled with fascinating vintage photographs and historical references, the 2014 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
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
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
2013 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
Only 2 Left!
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