Abingdon | 3 Days
Abingdon, Virginia located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Highlands of Southwest Virginia, has long been a center for culture and commerce. Known for its affinity for the arts, visitors can see both performing and visual arts at locations throughout town. Abingdon is also, the perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts. As you get into town, stop by the Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau at 335 Cummings Street to get all the information you will need to “Entertain Your Senses” in Abingdon, or if you prefer call ahead and we are happy to drop a packet in the mail.
Day 1 - Outdoor Recreation
The Virginia Creeper Trail a 34.3 mile hiking, biking and horseback riding trail that traverses through some of the most rugged and picturesque scenery in the Eastern United States and is widely lauded as one of the most beautiful trails on the continent. Rent a bike and take a shuttle to Whitetop Station, ride 17 miles down hill through the Jefferson National Forest and another 17 miles from Damascus to Abingdon. Along the way you will notice many rivers and streams inviting you back for a great day of fishing. Southwest Virginia offers some of the best fly fishing in the Southeast. Just a short drive, Abingdon Vineyard & Winery, a 50 acre farm winery located along the South Holston River offers tours and tastings. Weather permitting, experience the Moonlight Drive-In Theatre, movies begin at dusk.
Day 2 – History
Following our brochure, Self-Guided Walking Tour of Abingdon’s Downtown Historic District you will stroll brick-lined sidewalks past buildings dating back to the 1700s. Despite several fires that destroyed portions of the town, Abingdon still retains buildings from each decade of its first 100 years. Visit Fields-Penn 1860 Museum and see a glimpse of what life was like for a prosperous family just prior to the Civil War. White’s Mill, a Virginia Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, an authentic water-powered grist mill circa 1840. Step back in time with a visit to the Star Museum, displaying over a century of rotating celebrity memorabilia from a world class collection.
Day 3- Arts
Begin your day at the William King Museum, a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Three rotating exhibition galleries, outdoor sculptures, local students works, juried exhibits, local artists, classes for all ages, William King Museum has art for everyone! The Arts Depot, Abingdon’s railroad freight station, built in the late 1850’s and burned during Stoneman’s Raid now houses resident artists’ studios, exhibit galleries and art sales in an Historic setting. The Holston Mountain Arts and Crafts Cooperative is home for the work of the 160 members since 1971. The Co-op serves the artists and craftspersons living within 50 miles. Abingdon is home of the world-famous Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia. Let professional actors take you on journeys near and far during productions on two stages.
Artists and Community working together.
Inside an 1890's freight station, you can visit artists' studios featuring painters, a potter, a weaver and more! The Arts Depot also presents changing exhibits, classes, and the Appalachian Center for Poets & Writers.
Barter Theatre- the official state theatre of Virginia.
With its unique beginnings during the Great Depression, Barter Theatre, one of this nation’s oldest professional non-profit theatres, is located in beautiful historic Abingdon, Virginia. Barter Theatre is a theatre of firsts: one of this nation’s first professional regional theatres, the first professional theatre to be designated a state theatre – The State Theatre of Virginia and more. Today, Barter offers a variety of musicals, classics, comedies, dramas and new southern and Appalachian plays performed February – December yearly on two stages: Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II. Barter Theatre continues to be one of the nation’s most vibrant and exciting professional theatre experiences. Upcoming Shows: Shake, Rattle and Roll: A Rockin Tribute to the King August 20 – September 12; The Woman in Black September 3 – November 13; The Full Monty September 17 – November 13; Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily October 9 – November 13; Where Trouble Sleeps October 9 – November 13; Its a Wonderful Life November 19 – December 26; A Tuna Christmas November 23 – December 26.
Small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is the gateway to the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.
Damascus was once the timber center. Old log roads, and railroad beds (Virginia Creeper Trail) offer biking, hiking, and horse trails. Crossed by white water trout streams, Damascus is the entrance to both Jefferson and Washington National Forests. The Appalachian Trail passes through Main Street.