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Historical Society of Washington County, VA

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Address: 306 Depot Sq SW, Abingdon, VA 24210-3102
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+1 276-623-8337
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Historical Society of Washington County is the place to begin your...

The Historical Society of Washington County is the place to begin your genealogy research. If your ancestors came through here, we probably have some information on them in our digital archives of over 100,000 images and records.

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Full disclosure: I just started as a volunteer at the Historical Society. I really had no idea this wonderful treasure existed until I started researching my family history a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Full disclosure: I just started as a volunteer at the Historical Society. I really had no idea this wonderful treasure existed until I started researching my family history a few years ago. The HSWCV has a wonderful collection of historical documents AND a staff of volunteers willing to go the extra mile to help you find your ancestors. I also... More 

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Martha K, President at Historical Society of Washington County, VA, responded to this review

Thanks for the glowing review, Michael H. We are so glad to have you join our volunteer staff to help us go that extra mile. More 

Edmond, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Thousands of settlers passed through Washington County on their way to the new frontier in the 1700s and 1800s. Fortunately that rich history has been meticulously preserved by the Historical Society of Washington County. They have been located in the train station for a number of years, and will soon be expanding to a new facility on Main Street. They've... More 

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Martha K, President at Historical Society of Washington County, VA, responded to this review

Thanks for recognizing the value of our collections, ophitke38. We're very proud of our county and proud to be able to share its history with folks like you. And yes, we have a new building. We will be moving sometime this summer (2017). More 

York pa
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Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

The staff at HSWCV were wonderful! We have been to other historical societies but this was the BEST! Staff helped us find a wealth of family tree history in very little time! The computer was loaded with documents and lead us to volumes in house for further investigation! These folks love what they do! Amazing experts and Great organization!!

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Missouri
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Reviewed 29 November 2015

I had only a four hour window in which to look for family information. Everyone just pitched in and helped me so much. I cannot thank them enough for all their kind attention. The records stored at this location are priceless. This was my second trip to Abingdon looking for information. The people of Washington County are very friendly and... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 6 November 2015

The Historical Society is housed in the old train depot in Abingdon. We visited in hopes of finding additional information on our ancestors. With the help of an excellent staff member(volunteer), we were successful! We found information we had not seen before and it was very exciting! We will go again.

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Zion Crossroads, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

We looked through all the war memorabilia in the front rooms of the building and then went outside to see the train car. We did not visit the Library portion.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

The Historical Society located in the old train depot is a must visit if you are in Abingdon. The people are so friendly and the building with all it's contents are a great way to get your historical facts about the area.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

We stopped in to look into some of our family history. The staff was very knowledgeable and more than willing to assist us with our research. They also had historical displays from the area.

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Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

This is an excellent resource centre for the town. The library contains historical books of people, events and places. They also have an online database that is very effective and easy to use. I enjoyed chatting with Mr.Seaver, a volunteer in charge of the library, and he took me through the process of extracting information from their system database. For... More 

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Glade Spring, Virginia
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Reviewed 11 December 2014

Went in looking to do a little genealogy research and was treated extremely well by the staff. Despite its small apperance, there are alot of resources here. One of the most notable is their database of local photos and images.

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