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Abingdon, Virginia Historical Markers

 
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By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2011
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Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-49 — Abingdon
First known as Wolf Hills, land was patented here by Dr. Thomas Walker in 1750. Black's Fort was built, 1776. The town of Abingdon was established in 1778 as the county seat of Washington County. A courthouse, built about 1800, was replaced in 1850. . . . — Map (db m7805) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — Abingdon in the Civil WarWyatt's Revenge — Stoneman's Raid —
(preface) On December 1, 1864, Union Gen. George Stoneman led 5,700 cavalrymen east from Knoxville, Tennessee, to destroy iron-, lead-, and saltworks in Virginia that were essential to the Confederate war effort. After actions at Kingsport . . . — Map (db m67298) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-53 — Barter Theatre
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 . . . — Map (db m45236) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — Battle of Kings MountainSouth Carolina – 7 Oct 1780
Major William Edmiston. William Edmiston was named by General William Campbell as the commanding officer of the Virginia Militia at the Battle of King’s Mountain SC. Known for bravery under fire Major Edmiston ordered his troops up the mountain . . . — Map (db m46267) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-50 — Boyhood Home of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
Born in Prince Edward Co. on 3 Feb. 1807, Joseph Eggleston Johnston, the son of Judge Peter Johnston, moved a mile north of here with his family in 1811. He attended Abingdon Male Academy and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in . . . — Map (db m45330) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — Confederate General John Hunt Morgan
Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, "The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy" was placed here in the Martin tomb for a short time after his death in Greeneville, Tennessee on September 4. 1864. General Morgan's funeral was the largest Abingdon had . . . — Map (db m104883) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-58 — Governor David Campbell
David Campbell was born in Aug. 1779 at Royal Oak in Washington County (present-day Smyth County), Virginia. His family eventually moved to Hall's Bottom outside Abingdon. Campbell served in the infantry during the War of 1812 and was promoted to . . . — Map (db m45323) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-59 — Governor John B. Floyd
John Buchanan Floyd, son of Governor John Floyd (1738-1837), was born in Montgomery County on 1 June 1806. He represented Washington County in the Virginia House of Delegates (1847-1849) and served as governor of Virginia (1849-1852). Floyd was . . . — Map (db m45027) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-57 — Green Spring Presbyterian Church
Green Spring Presbyterian Church was organized by 1784 and met in a log structure that stood east of here. The present church location has been in use since about 1794 when James Montgomery deeded the property to the congregation as long as its . . . — Map (db m104889) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-61 — John Campbell
John Campbell, the brother of Governor David Campbell, was born about 1788 in part of Washington County, that is present-day Smyth County. Campbell attended the College of New Jersey (later became Princeton) and Washington College. He was a member . . . — Map (db m45255) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-47 — King's Mountain Men
From this vicinity went forth a force of Virginians, under the command of Colonel William Campbell, to fight against the British in the Carolinas, 1780. The Virginia troops played an important part in the victory of King's Mountain, South Carolina, . . . — Map (db m45394) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — Landon BoydTreason-Trial Juror
Landon Boyd, an African American brick mason born into slavery, was an Abingdon resident. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, he lived in Richmond. In May 1867, he served on the petit jury for the U.S. District Court in Richmond . . . — Map (db m67292) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-56 — Martha Washington College
The McCabe Lodge No. 56, Independent Order of Odd Fellows decided in 1853 to establish a women's college named after Martha Washington. The Holston Conference of the Methodist Church assumed control of the project by 1858. That same year the . . . — Map (db m45239) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — POW★MIAYou Are Not Forgotten
At the end of the Vietnam War (1959-1975), there were more than 2,000 servicemen and women missing in action in Vietnam, Laos and other countries in Southeast Asia. The National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast . . . — Map (db m67351) HM WM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-60 — Revolutionary War Muster Ground
To the south at Craig’s (Dunn’s) Meadow, is the likely site of the Washington County militia’s muster ground for the Revolutionary War’s Kings Mountain Campaign. In Sept. 1780, under the com- mand of Col. William Campbell the militiamen . . . — Map (db m46264) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-52 — Sinking Spring Cemetery
In 1773, the Rev. Charles Cummings became the first minister of the Sinking Spring Presbyterian congregation, among the earliest in Southwest Virginia, and the first meetinghouse was soon constructed here of logs. The earliest marked grave in . . . — Map (db m104672) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-48 — Site of Black’s Fort
The fort, built in 1776, stood a short distance to the south. Here the first court of Washington County was held, January 28, 1777. — Map (db m45021) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — Split Rail Fence & The American Chestnut(Castanea dentata)
Split Rail fences were used by early pioneer families to fence in their livestock, to protect their crops from their farm animals, and to mark boundary lines. The fences were constructed out of timber logs which were split into rails. Most split . . . — Map (db m67299) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-54 — Stonewall Jackson Female Institute
Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church established the institute in 1868 for the education of young women. As a tribute, it was named for Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The Floyd family property was purchased in Feb. 1868 to house . . . — Map (db m45135) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — The Virginia Creeper
The Abingdon Branch “The Virginia Creeper” Norfolk & Western Railway’s Abingdon Branch began in 1887 as the Abingdon Coal and Iron Railroad (AC&IRR). The Virginia-Carolina Railroad (VCRR) bought the AC&IRR in 1900, and . . . — Map (db m67291) HM
Virginia (Washington County), Abingdon — K-55 — Washington County Courthouse
Three earlier courthouses stood on this site, the first constructed about 1800. The present Washington County courthouse was completed in 1868, replacing the 1850 building burned by a Union soldier in Dec. 1864. The only new courthouse built in . . . — Map (db m44973) HM

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