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.
IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Renewal letters for the May 2014/ April 2015 Membership year have been sent out. 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.
~> FRIDAY AUGUST 1ST TO SUNDAY AUGUST 3RD, 2014
BE SURE TO VISIT THE ABINGDON MUSTER GROUNDS DURING THE ANNUAL CIVIL WAR WEEKEND.
Activities for the weekend start on the evening of Friday, August 1st, with an outdoor screening of Part 1 of the film "Gettysburg" at 8:30 PM. Part 2 of the film will be shown the next evening (Saturday) at 8:30 PM. The camp itself will be open on Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Worship services will be held at 10 AM on Sunday. Admission is free and free festival buses and trolleys will run to the camp between 10 AM and 6 PM daily. If you will be driving, general parking is available on the grassy lot across from the camp at the corner of Colonial Road and Holston Street. Handicapped parking is available at the Keller Interpretive Center.
The camp is located at 1780 Muster Place (also know as 702 Colonial Rd) in Abingdon, Virginia. To reach the Grounds, get off Interstate 81 at Exit 14 at Abingdon. Turn North (and East) on Virginia Route 140. In about a half mile you will dead end into Route 11. Turn right on Route 11 and travel another half mile. Then turn right off of Route 11 onto Colonial Rd SW and drive a half mile to Muster Place. For more information, contact Leigh Anne Hunter at 276-525-1050, email@example.com.
~> FRIDAY, AUGUST 8TH TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2014
THE CIVIL WAR 150 HISTORYMOBILE
IS COMING TO TOWN!
The Whirlwind: Virginia in the Civil War—A film that examines Virginia’s decision to secede and poses the question “Why War?”
Battlefront Immersion—Conveys the experience of battle in its intensity, confusion, and suffering.
Home Interrupted—Offers a first-person view of real-life dilemmas faced by civilians, soldiers, and slaves in Virginia during the Civil War.
Journey to Freedom—Presents the overall experience of enslaved persons amid war, including the decision to fight for freedom.
Loss-Gain-Legacy—Explores the profound impact of the war on Virginia, the end of slavery, and the reunification of the nation.
The museum will be stopping by Abingdon on Friday, August 8th to Sunday, August 10th as part of the Virginia Highlands Festival. It will be parked on Remsburg Drive in Abingdon and will be open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on each of the three days. You can learn more about HistoryMobile by visiting their website at www.virginiacivilwar.org. You can also directly contact Noelle Baker, Senior Tour Manager, at (804) 545-5526, or Cheryl Jackson, Executive Director, at (804) 786-3591, ext. 276.
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.
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.
~> SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014
JOIN US FOR A LIVING HISTORY TOUR OF THE SINKING SPRING CEMETERY.
Tours will begin at 5:30 PM with the last tour starting at 7:15 PM. Each tour will last about 45 minutes with an admission of $5 per person. 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.
~> SUMMER/FALL 2014
TAKE A TOUR OF
THE 2014 ABINGDON WOLVES!
Link to Interactive Abingdon Wolves Map
~> SUMMER/FALL 2014
THE DOWNTOWN ABINGDON MURAL IS ALMOST COMPLETED.
2014 HISTORICAL SOCIETY CALENDAR
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.
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.
NEW PRICE: $39.95