Southwest Virginia

We took our motorhome over to a little campground on the Holston River a few miles from Abingdon, Virginia about 10 days ago. The back of the campground is reserved for tents or tent campers.

Holston River – Tent Sites
Near Sunset- North Fork Holston River

This campground is very unique. Most of the RV’s are permanent and owned by locals from around SW Virginia or just over the border a few miles south in Tennessee. So, during the week there is almost no one here but it gets busier on the weekends.

My primary reason for coming here was to visit some of my Mother’s ancestors’ places in Honaker and Tazewell. We were also hoping to get out of the heat on Fripp but that didn’t happen. Really hot here too. Naturally we wanted to see some of the beautiful sites in this part of the world and there are many.

We stopped to see the Old Russell County Courthouse, which is the stone building on the left built circa 1799.

Old stone courthouse on left end

Inside view…..

Old courtroom, jury had a ladder to go upstairs

Later, the house was added…..

House and Old Courthouse

Beautiful period furnishings…

Upstairs bedroom

Abingdon has a great farmers market every Sunday from about April until October. We found enough to “eat local” for all of the past week.

Local produce and meat

The old historic district has some beautiful ante-bellum buildings including the oldest building in Abingdon. President Andrew Jackson and King Phillipe of France stayed here.

The Tavern – 1779

On the genealogy quest we visited the Honaker Heritage Museum located in the old First National Bank building built about 1915. The little museum has a lot of old interesting things from that time back in the late 1800s into the early 1900s.

Old First National Bank Building – Honaker, Virginia

We walked through a little cemetery where several ancestors on my Mother’s side are buried. Two are my Great-great-grandparents; Lavinia Boyd and her husband Tazewell Griffith. Tazewell was a soldier in the Civil War serving from 1861 until 1863. Lavinia lived to be almost 90 years old. Her grave marker has broken apart but still readable.

Lavinia Boyd Griffith 1833 -1923

The inscription on the bottom of the stone says “A tender Mother and faithful friend”.

There is no flat land here and the mountains are big. I am kept busy shifting gears in our MINI-Cooper

Looking SE toward Clinch Mountain

I’m at the library in Lebanon, Virginia doing this blog….no wi-fi in the campground and my iPhone Hot Spot barely gets one bar of connectivity. The mountains are beautiful but cell phone signals don’t go around them.

I hope more later ……Ronnie and Jim

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