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Welcome to the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia!

Located in downtown Abingdon, Virginia, the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia is headquartered in the old Norfolk&Western Passenger Depot. The Society is the leading center in the region for genealogical and historical research.

Most of our staff are volunteers. We derive funding from memberships, donations and store sales. Monies received are used to meet library operating expenses and for the preservation of our regional history. Members of the Society are joined in a profound respect for history and share a sense of duty to maintain the historical record of the past people, places, and events which have defined our region. We invite you to join us in our preservation efforts. Any contribution whether through donation or through service will be greatly appreciated.







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1-276-623-8337
office@hswcv.org

ADDRESS:
Historical Society of
Washington County, Virginia
306 Depot Square
P.O. Box 484
Abingdon, VA 24212-0484

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HOURS:
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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COMING SOON


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CIVIL WAR HISTORY BROCHURE
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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

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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.



SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
PDF Icon Current Issue - April 2015

ARCHIVED ISSUES:




MEMBERSHIP
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May is Society membership renewal month; letters have been mailed . 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.



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".
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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.






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NEW BOOK BY JAMES W. HAGY


AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER: RECONSTRUCTION IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1865-1870

Reconstruction

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
Item: 329
Price: $18.99





2014 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

Christmas Caboose
A Class C-32P caboose #555091 was donated to the Town of Abingdon by Norfolk Southern in 2007. Now restored to its previous glory, the caboose stands in Depot Square (Caboose Park), between the 1869 Freight Depot - now the Arts Depot - and the 1910 N & W Passenger Depot - home of the Historical Society. The caboose is on public display and available for interior viewing during special events.

Item: 219
Price: $20.00



1850 WASHINGTON COUNTY CENSUS, ANNOTATED
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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! $10.95



MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

Victorian Marriage Certificate
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.

Item: 062
Price: $6.95



PEN AND INK SKETCH OF ABINGDON, CIRCA 1845

Abingdon, c. 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.

Item: 340
Price: $1.00




HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA TO 1865

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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.
Autographed copy

Item: 328
PRICE: $39.95