Washington County was formed from the extinct Fincastle County in 1776; portions of Montgomery County was added later. The county is named for Revolutionary War leader and first president of the United States George Washington. Emory & Henry College, located in the community of Emory, opened its doors to students in 1838. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in southwestern Virginia. Abingdon, the county seat, is the site of the renowned Barter Theatre. In 1946 the theatre was designated the State Theatre of Virginia.
Geographic Location: Scott County
Physical Description of Location: 2532-2538 Gate City Highway (US 58), Bristol, VA 24202. Marker is on left when traveling west on US 58, about 200 feet prior to intersection with Boozy Creek Road.
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