Abingdon by Donna Akers Warmuth

By Donna Akers Warmuth

The captivating city of Abingdon is nestled in southwestern Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and located alongside the Holston River. initially often called Wolf Hills-a identify bestowed upon the city through Daniel Boone-Abingdon used to be renamed in honor of Martha Washington's domestic in England. the city this present day enjoys a wealthy and sundry palate compatible for citizens and travelers, old and young alike. pictures of the United States: Abingdon, Virginia celebrates the town's singular history via delivering readers an extraordinary locate of virtually 2 hundred pictures, showcasing many famous city entities, personalities, and companies from the earlier century. those photos painting such buildings because the Stonewall Jackson girl Institute, the Abingdon Academy, the Belmont lodge, and the Martha Washington lodge, in addition to the Barter Theater, specified in its alternate of nutrients and family items for performances. Long-gone yet hardly ever forgotten participants additionally make appearances, permitting novices the opportunity to satisfy the folk at the back of the...

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Although the car styles changed, many of the businesses in downtown remained the same for years. The Ben Franklin and Parks Belk were both closed by the 1980s. Like many downtowns in the 1970s and 1980s, Abingdon experienced vacancies and lost businesses to the shopping centers, but it bounced back and redefined itself. Today, antique shops, gift stores, art galleries, and restaurants have brought life back to this commercial area. ) WARD’S AND B&W CABS, 1972. This view shows several commercial buildings located on the north side of Main Street just across from the intersection with Wall Street.

H. SCOTT, C. 1940. Henry Hopkins “Hop” Scott was a self-made man from Washington County who became a success story in Abingdon. According to stories, Mr. Scott started trading with a single pig and went on to buy land, cattle, and buildings in the town. He owned the Belmont Hotel, the Abingdon Hotel, and several blocks in downtown Abingdon(see pages 13, 15, 18, and 98). He lived to be 101 years old. ) KROGERS IN 1933. This photograph shows staff at the grocery store located originally on Main Street.

STILL THRIVING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT ON MAIN STREET IN 1966. Although the car styles changed, many of the businesses in downtown remained the same for years. The Ben Franklin and Parks Belk were both closed by the 1980s. Like many downtowns in the 1970s and 1980s, Abingdon experienced vacancies and lost businesses to the shopping centers, but it bounced back and redefined itself. Today, antique shops, gift stores, art galleries, and restaurants have brought life back to this commercial area.

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