Historical Society News and Events


The Society Library on 341 West Main Street is now open every Saturday from 10AM to 3PM.

The Town Of Abingdon Has A Map Of The Sinking Spring Cemetery Available Online

The Town of Abingdon has a map of the Sinking Spring Cemetery available online. The map includes a search function for headstone information. Society researchers have found it to be a very useful tool for identifying individual headstones.

The Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia Has Acquired Rambling Roots

The Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia has acquired the Rambling Roots website. The website is a treasure trove of information about Diana’s Ryburn ancestors and other pioneer families of Washington County. The index lists almost 700 family surnames. The project was a labor of love of the late Diana Moffett Powell, a Society member in California who died on December 7, 2020. Arrangements were made with Powell family members to have her research records sent to Abingdon. The website will remain up and running under the Historical Society’s oversight.

Know any local history?
Let us know.

The Society is looking for historical accounts, tales, reminiscences about local history to put in the Bulletin. Contributions can be in any format whether it be a researched article, a short story, family history, even factoids. Give it some thought, you might be able to share some "forgotten history" with Society members. If you want to contribute please email the Society at office@hswcv.org.

Do you have any information on the Treasure Mountain Golf Course?

We are currently seeking information on the Treasure Mountain Golf Course which was behind Patrick Henry High School. Anecdotal evidence suggests the course was completed right before Treasure Mountain was opened and went bankrupt. The course was built sometime in the 1970's. If you know anything about it please email Dr. Andy Cox at pac4v@uvawise.edu.


Can you help solve a local Lewis and Clark mystery?

Follow this LINK to view page 20 of the William Clark and Meriwether Lewis Memorandum Book of 1809 which is part of The State Historical Society of Missouri Digital Collection. We are seeking help in identifying and locating the building referred to as the Brick(?) or Bush(?) or ??? house. If you have any information about the inn (residence?) in the journal, please contact Charlie Barnette at brisbotls@hotmail.com .

Abingdon Main Street Mini-Tour of the HSWCV Library and Sinking Springs Cemetery

Recently, Martha Keys was interviewed by Abingdon Main Street during which she gave a mini-tour of the Historical Society's Research Library and the adjacent Sinking Springs Cemetery. You can Watch the video on YouTube by clicking on the following link.

HSWCV tour video


Sorghum Syrup at Fairview Farm

Historical Society members recently visited The Old Glade Antique Tractor Association, located at Fairview Farm in Abingdon Virginia, where they make and sell sorghum syrup each year as a fundraiser. Sorghum has been widely used in our region since the 1850's as a sweetener in the form of syrup. One of the region's traditional breakfast foods is sorghum syrup on biscuits. Watch this video to see how it is made at the Fairview Farm.
sorghum_press video

(Available Only Through The Historical Society Of Washington County, Virginia)

The long-awaited book, CEMETERIES OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA has just been released. The book updates the well-known High On A Windy Hill cemetery book published in 1969. It contains Additions and Corrections to more than 333 cemeteries that were listed in High On A Windy Hill. The book is available exclusively at the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia library in Abingdon, Virginia or through the Society’s website, www.hswcv.org. This hardbound edition consists of 642 pages and is priced at $49.95 plus tax. If ordered online, a shipping and handling fee is added. Cemeteries of Washington County, Virginia is the perfect Christmas gift for genealogists with research interests in Washington County area. Item: 421 Price: $49.95