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Abingdon in Washington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Barter Theatre

 
 
Barter Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 14, 2011
1. Barter Theatre Marker
Inscription. The Barter Theatre building was constructed about 1830 as a church, which was remodeled several times. Among the oldest theaters in America, the building hosted its first performance in 1876. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Robert Porterfield, an enterprising actor and Washington County native, created the Barter Theatre and proposed exchanging “ham for Hamlet.” The theater opened its doors on 10 June 1933; admission was “35 cents or the equivalent in victuals” to feed the actors. Many stage and screen actors, designers, and playwrights have polished their craft here. In 1946, the Barter Theatre was designated the State Theatre of Virginia.
 
Erected 1998 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-53.)
 
Location. 36° 42.635′ N, 81° 58.474′ W. Marker is in Abingdon, Virginia, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 11) and Partington Place, on the right when traveling north on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abingdon VA 24210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stonewall Jackson Female Institute (here, next to this marker); Governor John B. Floyd
Wide view of the Barter Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 14, 2011
2. Wide view of the Barter Theatre Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Martha Washington College (within shouting distance of this marker); Abingdon (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Black’s Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abingdon in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boyhood Home of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Virginia Creeper (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abingdon.
 
Also see . . .  Barter Theatre. Barter Theatre began in 1933 with one man's idea to have patrons pay with produce and has grown today into a year-round theatre with more than 160,000 visitors each year. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
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Barter Theatre (1831) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 14, 2011
3. Barter Theatre (1831)
A-6 The Barter Theatre of Virginia, Abingdon, Va image. Click for full size.
From the J.J. Prats Postcard Collection
4. A-6 The Barter Theatre of Virginia, Abingdon, Va
“The World Famous Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va.” “Founded in 1933 by Robert Porterfield, Barter became the State Theatre of Virginia in 1946. A non-profit organization, it now is the largest professional company outside of New York City. Barter Players present a full summer season of top plays in Abingdon’s Ol’ Opera House above, built in 1830, and then send three companies trouping Virginia and the nation from September through April.” Linen postcard published by the Asheville Post Card Co., Asheville, N.C.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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