Abingdon is a unique town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia — rich in history, culture, outdoor recreation and old-fashioned hospitality — just minutes from the Virginia/Tennessee border on I-81.
Abingdon is home to the famous Barter Theatre, whose alumni include Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine and Patricia Neal. Also in downtown Abingdon is the luxurious four-star Martha Washington Inn & Spa. The Virginia Creeper Trail begins in Abingdon, offering 34 miles of outstanding biking, hiking and horseback riding. Our tree-lined Main Street is filled with art galleries, distinctive shops and lots of great restaurants. No wonder we say, “It’s always play time in Abingdon.”
With only 8,000 residents, Abingdon packs a lot of culture and recreation in to a small town.
Barter Theatre is the State Theatre of Virginia, and one of the oldest continuously operating professional theatres in the nation. With two venues, and multiple plays performing in repertory, Barter puts on over 25 plays each year.
The Virginia Creeper Trail was just inducted in to the Rail-to-Trail Hall of Fame. This former railroad bed begins in Abingdon, and winds its way over 34 miles through Damascus, VA to Whitetop Mountain, near the North Carolina border. Over 100,000 people use the multi-use trail each year. WIth its gentle, even grade, The Virginia Creeper Trail is fun for the whole family.
Craft and visual arts are thriving in Abingdon, with a variety of small galleries and larger arts venues. William King Museum of Art features rotating art exhibits of world art, contemporary Appalachian art, and Appalachian cultural heritage. Watch artists showcase their skills as they work in their studios at the Arts Depot. One of the oldest craft cooperatives in the country, Holston Mountain Artisans has been featuring locally-made
crafts since 1971.
Visit Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, to begin your exploration of the region’s rich music, craft, and food. Heartwood is the hub of The Crooked Road, a 333-mile driving trail highlighting traditional music, as well as Round the Mountain, an artisan trail.
Recent Press and Accolades
Abingdon named one of the 10 Best Southern Small Towns by USA Today, ranking #2 of 10. June 2015.
The cultural documentary “Barter Theatre: Trading Ham for Hamlet,” produced by Blue Ridge PBS, has received a 2014 regional Emmy Award.
The Virginia Creeper Trail was inducted in to the National Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in April 2014.
Amanda Leslie Livingston