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.
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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.
If you have let your Society membership lapse, rejoin us now and you will be "on the books" until Spring 2017. We value all our members and know that we couldn't exist without you.
If you wish to 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. You may also call the office at 276-623-8337, or mail us a check for your dues (address above).
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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".
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NEW BOOK BY KATHY SHEARER
Working for Stuarts: Life on One of the Oldest and Largest Cattle Farms East of the Mississippi
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.
Hard cover (8.5 X 11), with 100s of photographs, 2015, 575 pages with 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
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.
Price: $19.95 SALE! $10.95
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.
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.
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.