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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 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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CONTACT:
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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IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
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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.


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.




SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
PDF Icon Current Issue - March 2014

ARCHIVED ISSUES:



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.



~> FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

2014 ABINGDON WOLVES AUCTION
Cinder According to local folklore, while camping in the Abingdon area, Daniel Boone and his dogs were attacked by wolves that lived in caves in the hills. Boone is said to have named this location Wolf Hills, later to be renamed as Abingdon. To commemorate this legend, the Advance Abingdon Public Art Project has once again populated town businesses with colorful wolf statues painted by local artisans to be sold at a fundraising auction. The auction will be at The Tent on Barter Square located on Main Street in Abingdon opposite the Barter Theatre at 6PM on Friday, September 12th. We have become fond of the Historical Society wolf pup Cinder so he won't be up for auction, but there will be four adult and nine pup-sized wolf sculptures as well as selected original artist sketches up for bids. Hors d'oeuvre will be served and a cash bar will open at 6 PM with the live auction at 7 PM. If you would like to attend, tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Abingdon Convention and Visitor's bureau or at the following link:
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Who's Afraid of Virginia's Wolves 2014

For more information, you can call 276-356-4748 or email mainstreet@abingdon-va.gov and if you haven't seen all the wolf statues yet, we have posted an interactive online map and a printable PDF map of wolf sighting locations at the following link:

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Link to Interactive Abingdon Wolves Map




~> SUMMER/FALL 2014

THE DOWNTOWN ABINGDON MURAL IS ALMOST COMPLETED.
abingdon_history_mural.jpg Artist Ellen Elmes has almost completed the Town of Abingdon's first public mural, "Celebration: A Social History of Abingdon". Ellen is painting the mural on the side of the Brandywine Antiques building at 301 W Main Street in downtown Abingdon. Commissioned by Abingdon Main Street, a non-profit community revitalization program, the mural's imagery depicts the historical growth and associated changes in the Town from its rural roots as a farming community to the modern day. "Celebration" is a fascinating work of art and well worth your time, so stop by the next time you are downtown. If you would like some more information on the project, you can call 276-492-2237 or email mainstreet@abingdon-va.gov.





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2014 HISTORICAL SOCIETY CALENDAR

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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
Reduced: $6.65



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! $5.95




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.

Item: 328
NEW PRICE: $39.95