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 Abingdon Train Depot. The Society is a leading center in the region for genealogical and historical research, including local and regional history, published genealogies, and family histories.
Entrance to the HSWCV Library in the Old Train Depot in Abingdon, Virginia.
Historical Society of
Washington County, Virginia
306 Depot Square
P.O. Box 484
Abingdon, VA 24212-0484
Open 10-4 pm Tuesday through 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 Historical Society is staffed by volunteers and there are times that 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.
Illustrative map depicting the location of the HSWCV Library in downtown Abingdon, Virginia.
Current Issue - January 2013
Browse sale items on our Store Page by clicking on the sale tag.
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.
The 2012 Christmas Ornament depicts the Confederate Soldier Monument which once stood in the intersection of Court Street and Main Street. With the advent of the automobile and increased traffic, it was moved to the Courthouse grounds, where it stands guard today.
Item: 240 Price: $18.00
Keep up with what's going on with the Society and chat with other members on our FaceBook group page,
Historical Society of Washington County, VA.
The Annual Membership Dinner meeting will be held at Heartwood Artisan Center on May 31, 2013.
The evening begins at 6:00 pm with a social hour (cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres), accompanied by Tom Deaton on the acoustic guitar. The business meeting will be followed by the buffet dinner. Rob Salyer will then present "Restoring Antebellum Homes", featuring his own home, Edmondson Hall. The evening concludes with drawings for door prizes.
Tickets are $25/person and are available on this page or at the Society office at 306 Depot Square, Abingdon, VA. The deadline to purchase tickets is May 22.
For more information, or to reserve a ticket, please call 276-623-8337 during our regular business hours.
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The Photograph And Scanned Document Indices Of The HSWCV Digital Collection Have Been Updated!
The Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia maintains one of the largest collections of historical photographs and digitally scanned historical documents relating to this region. We have recently updated the three main digital collection indices (People, Places and Objects, and Documents) that describe over 25,000 photographs and over 50,000 pages of documents.
Updated HSWCV Digital Collection Indices
It's time to renew your Society membership for the 2013-14 year!
The new membership classes and associated dues are outlined in your renewal letter.
If you wish to renew online, just click on the above card to access the Memberships section of our Store page. The changes are also reflected in the information there.
SKETCHES OF OLD ABINGDON
By Muriel Kenly Vance and Elizabeth Baker Grant
Item: 039 Price: $5.00 SALE: $2.50
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
Lapel or cap pin, actual size is 2" x 1.5"
Item: 051 Price: $5.95