“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”- Pablo Neruda
Abingdon, VA – What is up with Virginia?! Anyone? Yeah, we’re confused too! It’s like every time we take a look at this amazing state, more and more gorgeous small towns pop up outta nowhere! We’ve already covered some of them on previous occasions, so feel free to check out HopAmerica.com to see what they’re all about. But, the party just got started and it seems the great state of Virginia is the honorary guest once again. Well, actually, the honorary guest is a beautiful little place within the state, to be more precise, but you get the picture. Anyway, we’re talking about Abingdon, VA, and here’s everything you need to know about it.
Where Is Abingdon, VA?
Located some 133 miles (214 km) southwest of Roanoke, VA, Abingdon is situated in Washington County, VA, and is the county seat. Probably the best known thing about Abingdon is the fact that it features a fine arts and crafts scene centered on museums and galleries along its legendary Main Street, as well as that the town encompasses several historically significant sites. In fact, the entire town of Abingdon is actually a designated Virginia Historic Landmark, meaning that you’ll have a blast discovering all of the interesting historic features this picturesque, cozy little town has to offer.
So, let’s get right to it – like most small towns, Abingdon is literally brimming with interesting and fun things and experiences for visitors of all ages. There are concerts, festivals and special events all year long in town, and the place is well-known as the home of the most famous stage in Virginia, called Barter Theatre. And because it’s situated in beautiful Virginia, Abingdon is truly an outdoor lover’s dream come true, courtesy of the Virginia Creeper Trail. We’ve already said that history is not confined to preserved buildings and selected sites in this place, but it also represents the perfect hub for exploring the back roads of southwest Virginia. Also, the town’s music scene is outstanding, with a ton of national and local acts jamming all over the place.
Yup, It’ll Get Right Under Your Skin
Abingdon, VA is one of those places that’s just really fun to visit – there’s no other way of putting it. The town is surrounded by mountains that beckon visitors to step outside and spend their days outdoors, enjoying the spectacular scenery and fresh air. They say that Abingdon is the home of old-fashioned southern hospitality. Well, considering the fact that the downtown district, with its tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks, entices visitors to explore every block and visit every café, restaurant and shop, we’re going to agree. And then some.
Finally, a thing or two about the town’s history. Established by an act of the Assembly of Virginia in 1778 in an area named Wolf Hills by Daniel Boone, two years later the Town of Abingdon played a role in helping the young nation gain its independence. Patriots from North Carolina and Virginia ultimately gathered at the Muster Grounds to begin a 300-mile march to Kings Mountain, South Carolina. The ensuing battle was a turning point in the Revolutionary War. So, Abingdon’s history is deeply intertwined with the history of an entire nation. And if you want to become part of its glorious history by being one of the many visitors who have experienced it firsthand, we suggest you get going. Like, right now.