Abingdon Visitor Guide 2017

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BU D G ET T RAV E L · 2016


His†oric Abingdon: Shop, dine and explore the downtown district


Barter Theatre





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The Most Famous Stage in Virginia.


In a community that treasures artistic expression, Barter Theatre is Abingdon’s best-known arts venue.



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Drama. Ac†ion. In†eres†ing characters.

We’re not talking about a play. It’s the real life history of Abingdon and Washington County.

Art & Culture make Abingdon the most

colorful place in Virginia.

Abingdon embraces every form of art, including music and theatre.

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Cheers! Craft beer and wine completes the

local food scene.

Like Abingdon itself, the cuisine is enormously creative.

Abingdon is the ideal hub for exploring all of Southwest Virginia.

Scenic drives. State Parks. Music Venues. And much more.

It’s always music time in Abingdon.


335 Cummings Street · Abingdon, Virginia 24210 276-676-2282 · 800-435-3440 · VisitAbingdonVirginia.com

Music venues, festivals and special events

There is room at the inn.

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa has hosted some famous guests.

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Historic, Artistic and Cultural Attractions


Outdoor Recreation, Tours and Services

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Virginia’s most famous theatre is located on Main Street in downtown Abingdon. With its unique history and outstanding productions of comedy, drama, musicals and new Appalachian plays, Barter Theatre is a must-see attraction. Two stages and a diverse lineup mean that Barter offers something for everyone, at any time of the year.

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When it opened its doors in the midst of the Great Depression, Barter's motto was “With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh!” And that is literally what patrons did, as they bartered vegetables, livestock, milk and eggs for admission. Over eight decades later, the theatre celebrates its heritage with at least two performances each year when patrons can barter for their tickets by donating canned goods to an area food bank.

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From its humble beginnings, Barter became well-known in theatre circles for its highquality productions, and for fostering the talent of rising stars such as Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Hume Cronyn and Kevin Spacey, just to name a few. In 1948 it received the first Tony Award for Regional Theatre. The rich history of Barter Theatre is reflected in its beautiful Gilliam Stage, with its classic proscenium stage, opulent furnishings and renovated lobby with

The cast of A Christmas Carol (2016)

People come from all over the United States to see a performance at the famous Barter Theatre. Many return year after year to see new productions and bright young actors and actresses. Barter Theatre is truly Abingdon’s most famous landmark. Even when Virginia’s most famous stage is quiet, it’s play time somewhere in Abingdon. Deciding where to play is up to you. Outdoor enthusiasts consider the region a gigantic playground that offers biking on the Virginia Creeper

Andrew Hampton Livingston & Amy Baldwin

Trail, hiking in the mountains, fishing the rivers and lakes or plenty of scenic drives on quiet country roads. Musicians don’t have to be asked twice if they want to play. The answer is always “yes” and there are plenty of places around Abingdon to catch live music. If your idea of fun includes retail therapy and enjoying great food and

gift shop. Across the street at Barter Stage II, patrons can experience a more intimate setting. With a thrust stage and seating for 167, the action is up close and personal. The theatre has a deep commitment to new works and Appalachian stories, as well as programs for students, which serve over 100,000 young people each year.

beverages with friends, you’re in luck. Barter Stage II

Abingdon has lots of unique shops and locally-owned restaurants to explore.

Barter Theatre is still the epicenter of Abingdon’s cultural life, which also features live music, world-class museums, galleries and wide variety of working artists’ studios.

So day or night; indoors or outdoors;

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THE VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL The Virginia Creeper Trail owes its unusual name to the way locals referred to the old steam engines laboring up mountain grades with heavy loads of lumber and iron ore. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a delightful way to spend a day in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. This 34-mile scenic trail is filled with charm, scenery and a few surprises. The multi-purpose trail runs along a railroad right-of-way that dates back to the 1880s. Today, it is widely considered one of the finest rails-to-trails examples in the east. The trail is used by walkers, runners, horseback riders and lots of bikers. In Abingdon, the western terminus of the trail, access couldn’t be any simpler. It’s hard to miss the restored locomotive on display at the trailhead on Green Spring Road right in the middle of town. The trail has very gentle uphill and downhill grades between Abingdon and the unofficial midpoint of Damascus. After that, it climbs nearly 2000 feet to the eastern terminus on Whitetop Mountain. Needless to say, most riders prefer to start on Whitetop and cruise down. In fact, bike rental shops in Abingdon and Damascus will shuttle riders to the top for a modest fee. The easy downhill ride and the awesome views of the Mount Rogers area make the Virginia Creeper Trail a family favorite. VaCreeperTrail.org

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Visit the Creeper Trail Welcome Center: 300 Green Spring Rd.

OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES ARE ENDLESS Biking or hiking on the Virginia Creeper Trail is just one of many ways to enjoy the outdoors in the Abingdon area. Abingdon was recently named an official Appalachian Trail Community for its commitment to preserving America’s favorite hiking trail and for welcoming thru-hikers with typical southern hospitality. The Appalachian Trail (AT) through the nearby Mount Rogers National Recreation Area offers some of the most unique terrain in Virginia, with wild ponies grazing on the grassy bald knobs and views that extend all the way into North Carolina. The rivers, lakes and streams around Abingdon offer lots of opportunities for serious outdoor enthusiasts. The clear, cool waters are a favorite for anglers hoping to hook trout, bass, walleye and more. South Holston Lake, which spans the Virginia-Tennessee border, is a 7580-acre reservoir. Fishing is just the beginning on the lake. Much of the shoreline is undeveloped and surrounded by mountains, making it one of the most scenic lakes in Virginia. The lake can be explored by paddling, sailing, personal watercraft or even motorboat.

Fun on the water should be part of every visit to Abingdon. Abingdon is a picturesque ideal Blue Ridge Mountain town. Its historic downtown district complete with lots of unique shops, restaurants and inns draws visitors from all over the east coast. But, outdoor enthusiasts love that the mountains offer so many ways to play and they’re just minutes from downtown. Nearby, you’ll find one of Virginia’s best-kept secrets: The Channels Natural Area Preserve, with its stunning geological formations. Some of the best rock-climbing and bouldering in the state can be found at Hidden Valley Lake and Grayson Highlands State Park.

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His†ory &More

Today, the drama in Abingdon plays out on stage with trained actors. But for hundreds of years, great events and fascinating characters have left an indelible mark on this unique community. As European colonists pushed westward, Abingdon became a stop on the Wilderness Road, a migration trail that saw thousands of settlers traveling west through the Cumberland Gap to the American frontier. The oldest English-speaking settlement west of the Blue Ridge, Abingdon was once known by a different name. Daniel Boone explored the area in the 1760s, and legend has it that his dogs were attacked by wolves appearing from a cave near the hill’s crest, and so Boone named the area “Wolf Hills.” Abingdon was established in 1778, and just two years later, the town played a role in helping the young nation gain its independence. Patriots gathered at the Muster Grounds to begin a 220-mile march (now the Congressionally authorized Overmountain Victory Trail) to join the

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Battle of Kings Mountain, SC, turning the tide of the Revolutionary War. Take a self-guided tour of two centuries of history in Sinking Spring Cemetery, which includes the graves of Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, plus two governors of Virginia. The Historical Society of Washington County provides a great starting place for genealogical research, or to explore the town’s rich history and architecture. Abingdon's history is too grand to squeeze into a museum display. Our history lives in the mountains that surround us and in the streets of the 20-block downtown historic district.

& Dine Shop in the Historic District

Abingdon’s tree-lined brick sidewalks and two centuries of architecture make the downtown district a great place to shop, dine, or sightsee. Pick up a self-guided walking tour at the Visitor Center for stories from Abingdon’s dramatic history.

Abingdon Farmers Market, open every Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning during the growing season.

constructed in 1779, and rumored to have hosted President Andrew Jackson and Louis Philippe, King of France.

The Theatre District is anchored by two grand old buildings: Barter Theatre and The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, directly across the street.

Head to the Market District for eclectic shopping and crafts. In these brick storefronts you’ll find indie shops selling gifts, antiques and edible delights. Around the corner, visit the

On Courthouse Hill, you’ll find a collection of stylish boutiques, home décor, wine and gifts, as well as several of Abingdon’s oldest buildings, including The Tavern restaurant, originally

For a full list of dining and shopping, pick up an Abingdon map at the Visitor Center or go to VisitAbingdonVirginia.com. Free public parking is available along Main Street and at the town’s municipal lot.

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Art & Culture

The Arts Depot

314 Depot Square · 276-628-9091 www.AbingdonArtsDepot.org

make Abingdon the most colorful place in Virginia Rarely is art as woven into the fabric of a community as generously as it is in Abingdon. Perhaps the arts scene thrives here because of the inspiration drawn from the beauty of the mountains or the history that surrounds us. One thing is certain, the museums, galleries and working studios throughout the town enrich our lives every single day. Abingdon embraces every form of art, including music and theatre. Visit VisitAbingdonVirginia.com for more information on artistic and cultural opportunities.

Holston Mountain Artisans Shop 214 Park St. · 276-628-7721 www.HolstonMtnArts.org


I-81 Exit 14 · 1 Heartwood Circle www.HeartwoodVirginia.org Juried crafts, heritage music, farm to table food, SWVA wines and local culture

Art Galleries

Browse the numerous fine art galleries in downtown Abingdon, and take home a one of a kind keepsake. Maps available at the Visitor Center or at VisitAbingdonVirginia.com.

Public Art

Take a stroll through downtown and you'll understand Abingdon's artistic nature. Public art is on display in many places, including the popular LOVE Works sign and the Barter Fountain.


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Artist Tracy Ference

The birthplace of country music is just down the road in Bristol and The Crooked Road runs right through our town. So, bluegrass and traditional music routinely fills the air in Abingdon. Catch regular jams at Heartwood or one of many great festivals throughout the year.

William King Museum of Art

415 Academy Dr. · 276-628-5005 www.WilliamKingMuseum.org

Farming is a proud way of life in Appalachia. That means fresh and wholesome products for local chefs to serve in their restaurants. The unique “Rooted in Appalachia” program helps consumers choose restaurants and inns that are committed to supporting local farmers.

courtesy of William King Museum of Art

Genuine handmade Appalachian crafts, including pottery, jewelry, furniture and much more can be found in local galleries and working studios around town.

The Photography of O. Winston Link

Creeper Trail Welcome Center 300 Green Spring Road Fascinating black and white photographs document the final years of the Virginia Creeper railway line.



FOOD SCENE LIKE ABINGDON ITSELF, THE CUISINE IS ENORMOUSLY CREATIVE. Acclaimed chefs are preparing ethnic specialties from all around the world, with their own special touches, of course. The choices run from down home to fine dining. In southwest Virginia, there is a long and proud tradition of growing and serving local foods. The tradition continues not only in many area restaurants but also at Abingdon's bustling farmer's market and at award-winning Wolf Hills Brewing Company and Abingdon Vineyard and Winery. If you are wondering where to find locally grown and made products, you are in luck. An innovative program called Rooted in Appalachia helps guide consumers to restaurants, inns and retailers who are committed to selling local products. Look for the familiar Rooted in Appalachia logo on store windows or on menus. For a full list, check their website at www.RootedInAppalachia.com.


Bristol Motor Speedway Appalachian Trail

Closest access point is Damascus, the trail follows Laurel Avenue through downtown Damascus. appalachiantrail.org

Grayson Highlands State Park

829 Grayson Highland Lane Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 276-579-7092 dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/gra.shtml

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201 423-573-1927 birthplaceofcountrymusic.org Dedicated to promoting and preserving the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachians.

Carter Family Fold

151 Speedway Blvd. Bristol, TN 37620 866-415-4158 bristolmotorspeedway.com

3449 A.P. Carter Hwy. Hiltons, VA 24258 276-594-0676 · carterfamilyfold.org hours: Saturdays at 7:30pm

NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee

Presents programs of Old Time and Bluegrass music every weekend.

Blue Ridge Parkway blueridgeparkway.org

469-mile drive that includes many of the area's natural and cultural significance, has over 600 streams, 150 headwaters and 53 natural heritage areas.

4822-acre state park that lies within the Jefferson National Forest.

The Crooked Road:

Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail 1 Heartwood Circle Abingdon, VA 24210 276-492-2409 thecrookedroad.org

Hungry Mother State Park

2854 Park Blvd., Marion, VA 24354 276-781-7400 dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hun.shtml One of Virginia's original six state parks and an award-winning Best State Park.

The Hub

Experience first-hand how music is woven into the rich tapestry of tradition in Southwest Virginia. The variety is amazing – old-time string bands, a cappella gospel, blues, 300 year old ballads, bluegrass and more.

of Southwest Virginia Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

3714 Hwy. 16, Marion, VA 24354 800-628-7202 www.fs.usda.gov/gwj One of the eastern US's highest mountain areas and Virginia's highest peak. Includes more than 400 miles of trails, including 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Round the Mountain Artisan Trail One Heartwood Circle Abingdon, VA 24210 276-492-2407 roundthemountain.org

See unique crafts handmade and homegrown in the blue mountains and green valleys of Southwest Virginia.


The peaceful roads of Southwest Virginia are filled with breathtaking scenery and unique small towns.

The winding roads are great for scenic drives by automobile or motorcycle. Along the way, you’ll see unspoiled mountain scenery and occasionally pass through charming towns where the Appalachian culture is alive and well. Enjoy delicious food, meet artisans and learn about the region’s history including the fascinating story of the Wilderness Road Heritage Migration Route followed by pioneers who traveled through the Cumberland Gap to eventually settle the rest of the American frontier. The rivers and forests are teeming with fish and wildlife while the towns are filled with music. Southwest Virginia is the birthplace of traditional mountain music. The Carter Family Fold and dozens of other sites can be found along The Crooked Road – Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. There is much to discover in Southwest Virginia and Abingdon is the ideal hub for your journey. Enjoy exploring the back roads and small towns, and then return to great accommodations and lots of dining options in downtown Abingdon.

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Wilderness Road Heritage Migration Route

335 Cummings St., Abingdon, VA 276-676-2282 wildernessroad-virginia.com The Wilderness Road was the principal route used by settlers for more than fifty years to reach Kentucky from the East.

Iron Mountain Trail

3714 Hwy. 16, Marion, VA 24354 800-628-7202 www.fs.usda.gov/gw

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

702 Colonial Road, Abingdon, VA 24210 276-525-1050 This driving trail starts in Abingdon at the Muster Grounds. Virginia militia gathered here to march 330 miles to the Battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina, turning the tide of the Revolutionary War.



music time in Abingdon A love of music runs deep in Abingdon and the surrounding region.

heritage music. Find interactive exhibits and live Crooked Road performances at Heartwood in Abingdon.

Abingdon is the home base of The Crooked Road, a 333-mile trail that highlights the best of Appalachian

Signature events like Main Street Busker Fest and The Virginia Highlands Festival draw visitors from all over the country to downtown Abingdon. Each January, Grammy Award winners and nationally known acts take the Barter stage for January Jams, while the popular Thursday Jams offer free outdoor concerts all summer long.

Traditional mountain music was born in this area and country music got its start just down the road in Bristol. It makes sense that amid such musical history and surrounded by artistic souls of all types, the music scene in Abingdon is diverse and thriving.

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Events EVENT




January Jams

Winter - January

Series of music events on Barter Theatre stage that showcase national recognized artists.


Abingdon Farmers Market

April - November

Meet local farmers and purchase some of their produce.


Earth Day Celebration

Spring - April

Help spread awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.


Virginia Creeper Trail Fest

Spring - April

Celebrate all things outdoors with a hands-on festival.


The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival

Spring - May

Performances and workshops on three stages by Southwest Virginia youth musicians.


Damascus Trail Days

Spring - May

Largest annual gathering of hikers in the United States.


Plumb Alley Day

Spring - May

One of the largest one-day festivals in the southeast: yard sales, performances, food, kids activities.


Summer - June

Region-wide celebration of SWVA’s musical heritage.


Summer - June-August

Free outdoor concerts at the Abingdon Market Pavilion every Thursday night.


Summer - July

Free festival in downtown Abingdon featuring music, kids activities, reenactors and fireworks finale.


Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

Summer - August

Barter Theatre presents this celebration of Appalachian culture.


Virginia Highlands Festival

Summer - August

This ten day festival showcases arts, music, antiques, crafts and much more.


Main Street Busker Fest

Fall - September

Weird and wonderful street performers fill Main Street.


Mountains of Music Thursday Jams Independence Day Extravaganza

To view more events, see VisitAbingdonVirginia.com

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The Martha se ts a High S tandard for Hospi tali ty in Abingdon

Some historic hotels tell their story through the photos and antiques displayed around the property. At The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, when you walk through the front door you might actually believe you’ve stepped back in time to the 19th century. The fine touches and tasteful décor make you feel as if you’re entering a stately old home. Indeed, you are. The Martha was built in 1832 as a private residence for General Francis Preston and Sarah Buchanan Preston and their nine children. The original living room is now the main lobby. The Martha Washington Inn & Spa has a rich history that includes good times and bad. In 1858, the Preston family home was purchased and turned into an upscale college for young women. It was named Martha Washington College in honor of the first lady of our nation, and is affectionately called “The Martha” by locals.

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The Martha first opened as a hotel in 1935. It has changed ownership and management a few times since then, but all have maintained the architectural and historic integrity of the original structure. The Martha is known for impeccable service and its world-class spa treatments. The Martha is Abingdon’s most famous hotel and a treasured landmark. It’s part of the extraordinary tradition of hospitality that can be found at hotels and unique inns all around town. Numerous Bed & Breakfast Inns are located throughout the downtown district. Well-known brand name hotels and even quaint rental cottages round out the lodging options in Abingdon. TheMartha.com

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Lodging INNS & SPAS


The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

Black's Fort Inn


Copper Lantern Inn

150 West Main St. · 276-628-3161 · themartha.com Elegant dining, spa with massages, facials, and salon services. Saltwater pool available, exercise room, lighted tennis courts.

410 Green Spring Rd. · 276-628-6263 · blacksfortinn.com Close to the Creeper Trail. Concierge service, park & walk to downtown Abingdon, special packages available.

Alpine Motel

882 East Main St. · 276-628-3178 · alpinemotelabingdon.com

133 E. Valley St. NE · 276-525-1919 · copperlanterninn.com Spectacular hospitality and accommodations – only the finest cuisine and linens. Enter as strangers; leave as family.

Comfort Inn

Inn on Town Creek

170 Old Jonesboro Rd. · 276-676-2222 · choicehotels.com/VA112 Recently renovated hotel offering hot deluxe breakfast, outdoor pool, reasonable rates and location to fit any guest's visit.

Comfort Suites

1093 Old Berry Dr. · 276-698-3040 · choicehotels.com/VA492 Offering a convenient location and affordable rates, in a hotel designed to meet the demands of business travel or a relaxing vacation.

Country Inn & Suites

940 East Main St. · 276-676-2829 · countryinns.com Free hot breakfast every morning, seasonal outdoor pool, and complimentary coffee and cookies available 24/7. Guests enjoy privileges at a neighboring gym.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

923 East Main St. · 276-619-5501 · marriott.com Brand new hotel in a stunning natural setting. Fitness center, indoor pool and outdoor patio. Cozy lobby. Flexible meeting space.

Hampton Inn

340 Commerce Dr. · 276-619-4600 · hamptoninn.com Hot breakfast served daily. Free high-speed internet access in all guestrooms and the lobby.

Quality Inn & Suites

930 East Main St. · 276-676-9090 · choicehotels.com/VA293 Combines old-style southern hospitality with up-to-date amenities, including heated outdoor pool, indoor fitness center, and complimentary hot breakfast.

Red Roof Inn

887 Empire Dr. · 276-628-7131 · redroof.com Pet-friendly, family friendly. Complimentary continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi, microwave and mini-refrigerator in all guest rooms.

Super 8 Hotel

Shaver's of Abingdon

619 Colonial Rd. · 276-623-1572 · shaversofabingdonbandb.com A quaint Victorian home furnished with family antiques. Breakfast includes local meats, eggs, produce and homemade breads.

Shepherd's Joy

254 White's Mill Rd. · 276-628-3273 · shepherdsjoy.com Offers an opportunity to experience the rare Victorian charm of a restored Queen Anne country style family home where guests enjoy a gourmet breakfast.

White Birches Inn

268 White's Mill Rd. · 276-676-2140 · whitebirchesinn.com Large, comfortable guest rooms & suites with working in-room fireplaces. Flat-screen cable TV, VCR/ DVD player in all guest rooms.

VACATION RENTALS Cottages on the Creeper

334 Gibson St. · 276-628-6331 · cottagesonthecreeper.com Nestled among the trees at the entrance to the Virginia Creeper Trail lies Cottages on the Creeper. These enchanting and "artfully" decorated cottages have been completely restored.

Creeper's End Lodging

121 Railroad St. · 276-525-2031 · virginiacreepersendlodgingabingdonva.com Beautifully designed; graceful great rooms, up fitted with gas fireplaces, large screen TVs and DVD players.

Crooked Cabin Properties

276-628-9999 · crookedcabinprop.com · crookedcabin@bvu.net Meadow Cottage , Crooked Cabin , Brook House and Creekside Hatch each have their own distinctive flavor. Cable TV, wi-fi, complimentary pastries, fullyequipped kitchens and passes to the Recreation Center.

298 Towne Centre Dr. · 276-676-3329



BED & BREAKFASTS A Tailor's Lodging

119 Park St. SE · 276-628-7119 · atailorslodging.com Spacious porches, and well-appointed rooms, each with a fireplace, private bath, and cable TV.

Black Dog Inn

107 Park St. SE · 276-608-3465 Three well-appointed bedrooms in an 1834 historic lodging within walking distance of Abingdon attractions. Flatscreen TV with cable. Handicap Accessible


445 Valley St. NE · 276-628-4560 · innontowncreek.com Located on four acres of beautifully landscaped property, one block from the historical district. Brick patios and rock gardens provide tranquil privacy. *14 max group

Pet Friendly



Park Street Guest House

134 Park St. · 276-628-8433 · parkstreetguesthouse.com Full kitchen, 2.5 baths, one level with no steps, just one block to dining, shopping, and the Creeper Trail.

Summers Cottage

309 East Main St. · 276-628-5556 · summerscottageabingdon.com Conveniently located within walking distance of many of Abingdon's restaurants and attractions. Buses/Groups



Wedding Friendly

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Historic, Artistic & Cultural Attractions Abingdon Muster Grounds

702 Colonial Rd. 276-525-1050 · www.abingdonmustergrounds.com admission: Free · hours: 9am-5pm daily, grounds and trail open dawn to dusk The northern trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Learn about colonial backcountry history at the Keller Interpretive Center.

Holston Mountain Artisans

214 Park St. 276-628-7721 · www.holstonmtnarts.com admission: Free · hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5:00pm, call for Sunday and seasonal hours

O. Winston Link: A Day on the Abingdon Branch

The Virginia Creeper Trail Welcome Center, 300 Green Spring Rd. 276-676-2282 admission: Free · hours: April-November Stunning black and white photography of the steam engines that once rode the Virginia Creeper rail line.

Abingdon Farmers Market

100 Remsburg Drive 276-698-1434 · www.abingdonfarmersmarket.com hours: Tues. 3pm - 6pm, Sat. 8am - 1pm Seasonally

Abingdon Vineyard & Winery

20530 Alvarado Rd. 276-623-1255 · www.abingdonwinery.com hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 12-6pm Excellent wine and ambie nce. Enjoy our wine, unique winery tour or a picnic along the South Holston River. Easy Access from the Creeper Trail.

Sinking Spring Cemetery

Russell Rd. & Valley St. admission: Free · hours: Dawn till Dusk Abingdon’s oldest cemetery, dating back to pre-Revolutionary War era. New GIS grave locator.

Veterans Memorial Park

Arts Depot

425 Oakland St. 276-623-5279 · hours: Dawn till Dusk Educational walking trail, Veterans Memorial, and American Chestnut Foundation experimental chestnut grove.

314 Depot Square 276-628-9091 · www.abingdonartsdepot.org hours: Wed.-Sat. 10am-4pm

Barter Theatre

127 West Main St. 276-628-3991 · www.bartertheatre.com admission: Call for prices · hours: Feb.-Dec., Tues.-Sun. Escape to Barter Theatre and experience world-class entertainment at the nation's longest running professional theatre.


1 Heartwood Circle 276-492-2400 · www.heartwoodvirginia.org Heartwood is your gateway to Southwest Virginia's juried crafts, heritage music, farm to table food, SWVA wines and local culture.

Washington County Fairgrounds

17046 Fairground Dr. 276-628-6222 · www.washcofair.com admission: call for prices · hours: event dependent

White’s Mill & Mercantile

12291 White's Mill Rd. 276-628-2960 · www.whitesmill.org admission: Free, donations accepted · hours: April-December Wed.-Sun. 10am-5pm, weekends only in March A working 18th Century grist mill and general store.

William King Museum of Art

Historical Society of Washington County

415 Academy Dr. 276-628-5005 · www.williamkingmuseum.org admission: Free · hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 1pm - 5pm

306 Depot Square 276-623-8337 · www.hswcv.org hours: Tues.-Fri. 10am - 4pm; Sat. 11am - 4pm

Wolf Hills Brewing Co.


350 Park St. 276-451-5470 · www.wolfhillsbrewing.com hours: Mon.-Fri. 5pm - 8pm, Sat. 1pm - 8pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm

Wheelchair Accessible


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Gift Shop

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Outdoor Recreation Adventure Mendota

Mahoney's Outdoors

4457 Swinging Bridge Rd., Mendota, VA 24270 · 276-645-1020 adventuremendota.com Kayaking on the North Fork of the Holston River. Class I rapids.

825 Cummings St. · 276-628-6249 · www.mahoneysports.com

Virginia Creeper Fly Shop

16501 Jeb Stuart Hwy. · 276-628-3826 · www.vcflyshop.com

Harry L. Coomes Recreation Center

300 Stanley St. · 276-623-5279 · www.coomescenter.com hours: Mon.-Thurs. 6am - 9pm; Fri. 6am - 7pm; Sat. 8am - 6pm; Sun. 1:30pm - 6pm

Virginia Creeper Trail

Highlands Ski and Outdoor

201 Pecan St. · 1-888-245-3648 · www.vacreepertrailbikeshop.com

300 Green Spring Road · www.vacreepertrail.org

Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop

909 East Main St. · 276-628-1329 · www.highlandsoutdoor.com

Tours Abingdon Spirit Tours

276-706-6093 · abingdonspirittours.com hours: seasonal or by appointment The original and best ghost/history tour of Old Abingdon. Led by Haint Mistress Donnamarie Emmert since 1996.

Abingdon Visitor Center

335 Cummings St. · 276-676-2282 · VisitAbingdonVirginia.com hours: daily 9am - 5pm

Appalachian Ghost Walks

423-743-9255 · appalachianghostwalks.com hours: By appointment

Creeper Trail Welcome Center

300 Green Spring Rd. · 276-525-4457 or 800-435-3440 VisitAbingdonVirginia.com

Historic Abingdon Self-guided Tour

VisitAbingdonVirginia.com Stop by the Visitor Center for a self-guided walking tour of the Historic District.

Services Enterprise Rentals

1138 West Main St. · 276-619-4555 · www.enterprise.com

First Assist Urgent Care

603 Campus Dr. · 276-739-8010 hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am - 8pm; Sat.-Sun. 8am - 6pm

Johnston Memorial Hospital

16000 Johnston Memorial Dr. · 276-258-1000

Mountain Lynx Transit

4453 Lee Highway, Marion, VA 24354 · 276-676-0700 district-three.org/index.php/public-transit hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am - 5pm

Tri Cities Regional Airport

2525 Hwy. 75, Blountville, TN · 423-325-6000 · www.triflight.com Airline services from Delta, US Airways Express, Allegiant and Delta Connection. Taxi and limousine service available as well as car rentals.

Virginia Highlands Airport

18521 Lee Hwy. · 276-628-6030 · www.vahighlandsairport.com Regional base of operations for corporate and private airplanes.

Wellmont Urgent Care

24530 Falcon Place Blvd. · 276-619-0075 hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am - 8pm; Sat, 10am - 6pm

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