Historical Society News and Events



2021-2022 HOLIDAY AND WINTER HOURS

Holiday Hours THANKSGIVING:
The library is closed Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021.
The library will be open BY APPOINTMENT on Friday, November 26, 2021 and Saturday, November 27, 2021. ( To arrange an appointment, contact Rose Ann at volunteer@hswcv.org )

WINTER:
We will close on December 17, 2021 and reopen on February 1, 2022.
(If you plan on visiting us during the Winter months, we will be open by appointment only. To arrange an appointment, contact Rose Ann at volunteer@hswcv.org )

INCLEMENT WINTER WEATHER:
The library will be closed during inclement winter weather following the Washington County School System snow day closing schedule.




Saturday, July 30, 2022 - 2022 Living History Tour Of The Sinking Spring Cemetery

2022_living_cemetery_tour On Saturday, July 30th, from 5:00 to 7:15 PM, the Historical Society will be hosting a Living History Tour of the Sinking Spring Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia. In the 1770's, the cemetery was established by the Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church on 11 acres of land in Abingdon. The land was purchased by the Church from Dr. Thomas Walker, an explorer and wealthy land speculator who was promoting the development of the Town of Abingdon. A stroll in the cemetery takes you back through to the earliest history of the Town and County. During the Living History Tour, a guide will join you and a small group for a walk by historical interpreters in period costume who will tell stories of past local residents.

Tours will begin at 5:00 PM with the last tour starting at 7:15 PM. Each tour will last about 45 minutes to an hour 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. The cemetery is located directly behind the new Historical Society building and there will be free parking either along the street or in the Society parking lot.



Saturday, October 15, 2022 - Fall 2022 Evening With The Spirits At The Sinking Spring Cemetery

2022_fall_evening_with_the_spirits On Saturday, October 15th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, the Historical Society will be hosting the Fall 2022 Evening with the Spirits of Sinking Spring Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia. In the 1770's, the cemetery was established by the Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church on 11 acres of land in Abingdon. The land was purchased by the Church from Dr. Thomas Walker, an explorer and wealthy land speculator who was promoting the development of the Town of Abingdon. A stroll in the cemetery can take you back through to the earliest history of the Town and County. Our Fall presentation is a one hour seated event hosted by some of the more popular Spirits from past Summer Cemetery Tours. Seating will be on the grass lawn in front of the cemetery cabin. Please bring your own seats and blankets.

The content of the show is appropriate for families; however, very small children may become tired or bored. There is nothing scary about the presentations or the location. 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. The cemetery is located directly behind the new Historical Society building and there will be free parking either along the street or in the Society parking lot. Ticket sales will start at 6:30 PM. Prices are $5 per person and they will be available at the cemetery gate. For more information please call 276-623-8337 during our regular business hours.



Know any local history?
Let us know.

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Rick Morgan, the Editor of the HSWCV Bulletin, 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 Rick at bulletin@hswcv.org.

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

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We are currently seeking information on the Treasure Mountain Golf Course which was behind Patrick Henry High School. The course was built sometime in the 1970's or 1980's. If you know anything about it please email Dr. Andy Cox at pac4v@uvawise.edu.

The New Website for the Virginia Lewis and Clark Legacy Trail has Opened

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The Virginia Lewis and Clark Legacy Trail is a driving and "stop-to-experience" trail along or near the Great Valley Road (Rt. 11 and I 81), from Bristol to Charlottesville "and beyond" that follows and honors the travels of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the Commonwealth, and the people and places they visited...Come take the journey, visit the sites, learn about their families and friends, and how their histories in Virginia are significantly intertwined with the Expedition.

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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 .
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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.

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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.
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FEATURED EXCLUSIVE ITEM
CEMETERIES OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA
(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

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HIGH ON A WINDY HILL,VOL I [REPRINT] -  Cemeteries of Washington County, Virginia by Catherine McConnell (Including surname index). 333 cemeteries, 426 pages, 1968. Item: 42 Price: $18.00



The Historical Society would like to give a shout out in support of our tenants; two businesses who lease space from the Society. Hana Eichin's Spot of Color and Tim Webb's The Travel Shop lease space in the same building as the Historical Society Library/Museum. So, if you are in a mood to paint or travel, please give these businesses consideration and the next time you are in Abingdon to visit the Society you might want to stop in and visit them too.

Spot of Color

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The Spot of Color grew from Hana Eichin's wish to open an art supplies store in this hub of creative activity that is Abingdon Virginia. The main goal of the business is to create a safe and comfortable space for every level of artists with a free creative space for anyone to use. An emphasis on eco conscious supplies and creativity has been implemented in the store with eco art supply alternatives and art waste management to reduce the strain that art puts on mother nature.

The Travel Shop

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The Travel Shop is a full service travel agency located in historic Abingdon, Virginia since 1983. We also own Classi Carriages of Southwest Virginia, offering limousine service in Abingdon and surrounding areas. With so many options, choosing a travel destination can be difficult. Don't let hidden fees, fine print, etc. catch you by surprise.​ Let the experienced staff at The Travel Shop take care of all your travel needs.