Abingdon Main Street
Main Street sidewalks and flag - slideshow crop The Historic Bank, built circa 1849 by the Exchange Bank of Virginia, along Main Street in Abingdon, VA on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Copyright 2013 Jason Barnette
Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum- slideshow crop A brilliant tree stands over the Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum in the Historic District on Main Street in Abingdon, VA on Friday, October 17, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette
Light Trails in Front of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA Light trails streak along Main Street in front of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Copyright 2012 Jason Barnette
Small Town, Big Charm
Visitors come to historic downtown Abingdon for unique shopping and dining. Walk the brick sidewalks of Abingdon’s 20-block historic district and you’ll find architecture spanning two centuries, from The Tavern, built in 1799, to classic small-town American storefronts. You’ll also find unique shopping, a thriving farmer’s market, art galleries, and local restaurants proudly proclaiming their farm fresh roots with a Rooted in Appalachia sign in the window.
Step a few blocks off of Main Street and you can taste a craft brew at Wolf Hills Brewing, see artists at work in the Arts Depot, or view the gracious historic homes of Valley Street.
This district takes its name from the beautiful Washington County Courthouse, built in 1868. Check out the variety of unique shopping, including elegant home decor, boutiques, fine art and edible treats.
Katbird’s Wine and Gourmet offers a wide selection of wine, plus perfect cheese and cracker pairings, and a coffee bar. Stop by the Abingdon Olive Oil Company and let the staff take you on a tour of dozens of varieties of fine olive oil and flavored balsamic vinegars.
The Theatre District
Right in the middle of downtown Abingdon, two grand old historic buildings face each other across Main Street. The four-star Martha Washington Inn & Spa sits directly across the street from the famous Barter Theatre.
Both have lobbies that are open to the public during business hours. Check out Barter Theatre’s newly renovated lobby, including the wall featuring headshots of its most famous alumni, from Ernest Borgnine to Gregory Peck. Be sure to head upstairs for more historical photos from Barter’s 80-year history. At The Martha, care has been taken to preserve as much of the original architecture as possible. Visit the Round Table Library and browse the books, and don’t miss the photography in the hallway, highlighting the building’s past as a private residence and women’s college.
Sisters American Grill is located in the lower floor of The Martha, and is open for breakfast and dinner seven days a week. Take advantage of complimentary valet parking! For a quick, tasty bite before curtain time, visit Political Dogs, the cafe located adjacent to Barter Stage II.
The Market District
Skip forward a century to the quaint brick storefronts of the Market District. This section of Main Street looks much as it did in the 1950s, and even boasts of an old-fashioned soda fountain, Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe. Here you’ll find eclectic shopping, including exquisite antiques, funky flea markets, gifts and desserts.
Tuesdays and Saturdays during the growing season, visit the Abingdon Farmer’s Market for produce, meat, flower, baked goods and more. The Farmer’s Market is a true community meeting place, where families come to enjoy live music and kids activities. If you go early enough, you may even see one of our local chefs shopping for the dinner menu later that day.
Near the Market Pavilion is the Arts Depot, where you’ll find artists in their studio ready to answer your questions or demonstrate their technique. Learn more about the history of Abingdon and the region at the Historical Society of Washington County, housed in a beautiful old train station next door.
Abingdon Main Street
Abingdon Main Street is a non-profit organization focused on making downtown a place where people want to shop, dine, stay and play. AMS plans events and activities to draw locals and visitors to downtown Abingdon and proudly supports locally-owned businesses.
See upcoming events from Abingdon Main Street on our Festivals & Events page.
Learn more about the work of Abingdon Main Street.